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Wednesday, June 50, 1957 Pleasant 

It is a very nice gesture on the part of Mrs. Lemon to 
visit the Inn, The former Landlord's widow comes at least once 
a year. It must be like returning home. We try to make it seem 
so to her. Today she came with four guests and showed particular 
interest in the Redstone School. 

Thursday, July 1, 1957 Pleasant 

This evening at 9:50 o'clock, a small group of people came 
to see the house. Heading the group was a lady we recognized as 
being in a large luncheon party of 150 persons we had entertained at 
noon. The lady was so pleased with the house, the luncheon, the 
school, etc., that she brought her husband and friends. We expect 
several returns from the luncheon this noon. Several people spoke of 
eoming again. They were the wives and families of men attending a 
convention of the Society for the Promotion of Engineering Education. 
A great many colleges throughout the United States were represented. 

Friday, July 2, 1957 Cloudy 

Sometimes the guests entertain the hostess. Her position 
is reversed. She becomes the listener. Such was the case this 
afternoon at the Redstone School, tore members of the Society 
for the Promotion of Engineering Education were visitors, a Mr. 
and Mrs. Gough from London. They came with friends. This little 
party noticed the alphabet which is drawn on a black sheet of 
paper and placed around the top of the black board in the school 
room. Mr. Gough thought it to be Spencerian alphabet. His friend 
decided that it was not) that it is the alphabet used in the 
Palmer method of writing. He then proceeded to explain the 
difference in the two styles. He wrote our- the form of the 
Spencerian and beside it the Palmer - thus: 
Spencerian Palmer 

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Saturday, July ?, 1957 Partly Cloudy 

A minister from China spoke today about the tinder box with 
its contents of flint and steel. He said that farmers in China still 
use this method of obtaining a light. They always carry the necessary 
materials in their pockets. Matches are cheap, but in case of damp 
weather, the flint and steel method is more dependable. V/hen we 
think of the many and fierce floods in China, we can easily imagine 
that damp weather has to be considered at all times. Betty Lamps, 
the early grease lamps, are also used extensively in China today. 


Sunday, July 4, 1937 Pleasant 

In the crowd of Sunday and Holiday visitors are three 
young priests. They have enjoyed the hospitality of the Inn very 
much. Now they are at the door taking leave and telling us that 
they are from Melbourne, Australia. They liked our corn bread 
especially. One of them is describing corn in Australia which is 
called maize - altho 1 our friend is pronouncing it mize ! They are 
jolly and much appreciative of their visit here. 

Monday, July 5, 1937 Pleasant 

This is really the Holiday and we have a large number of people 
here; mostly just to look through the house ^nd to wander around the 
grounds. There are not as many meal guests. Mr, and Mrs. Gookin, our 
dear old friends from Cambridge have been sitting under the trees practi- 
cally all day. Mrs. Gookin expressed her thanks for a lovely day in this 
way: n We love the Inn. I never expect to be nearer heaven than when 
I am here." 

Tuesday, July 6, 1937 Very warm 

One th'nks of a hostess position as being a comparatively 
recent institution; that is a professi nal hostess; a person who is 
paid for being a hostess. We did not th nk that such a position existed 
at the Wayside Inn until Mr. Ford became landlord. Recently however, 
we have met a Wayside Inn hostess who was here in Mr. Lemon's time. She 
is Mrs. Ann Strickland of Indiana polis, Indiana . At the time she was 
employed here, her name was Miss Ann Carolan. lira. Strickland said that 
there were crowds of people here in herfc day. That wa-. in 1912, 1913 
and 1914. "But, she added, "I didn't tell them about all the things as 
you do today. I just took them around and let them see the roo;ns" . 
Mrs. Strickland had not been to the Inn since her employment here. She 
spoke highly of Mr. Lemon and was much interested to know about Mrs, Lemon 
and Eddie. 


Wednesday, July 7, 1937 

Very warm 

Speaking of the h. stesses. Every now and then we receive 
a visit from a former hostess (in Mr. Ford's time) . Son*eti»~es they 
make the present hostesses - especially Miss Delv.illje and Lliss Staples 
feel extremely old! Such was the case when Leona Johnston returned 
recently. She is now i.irs. Johnson and on either side of her was a 
small child - as pictured. Hiss DeAjille ^nd iviiss Staples feel like 
old maid Aunts and the Inn itself nearly groans with agel 


Thursday, July 8, 1937 Very warn 

Modestly, a kiss Forbes spoke to one of the hostesses today. The hostess 
thought the guestlooked familiar. She had seen her picture. Sure enoughi 
The guest was Esther Forbes, author of "Paradise" and "0 Genteel Lady". Paradise 
is the recent book - already mentioned in the Diary - which tells of the settlement 
of a 17th century town- 9 miles north of Sudbury. The town is called Canaan and 
those who have read Paradise wonder if Canaan is an Imaginary town or if its 
settlement is based on facts regarding the founding of a particular town. Miss 
Forbes says that it is a creation of her ina glnation, altho 1 her material was 
gathered in several old towns in this vicinity including Sudbury. Miss Forbes 
said that it took her 7 years to write Paradise. 

Friday, July 9, 1937 Very warn 

Yesterday we were particularly pleased w*th one of our guests. He 
was especially* poltteT^ Xf\er T^hos'tess^ Ead explained something, he would turn 
to h s mother and say, "That is very interesting, isn't it?" We felt that he 
had absorbed every bit of nforioation about the h -use and the th ngs In it. 
Finally this little party of grandfather, father, rcother and son came upon the 
corn sheller in the front hall. The father adked the boy if he knew what the hollow 
tree trunk was used for. The boy answered that he thought it wa used for corn. 
Everyone was ama zed at this correct answer from one so y ung. Then the father 
asked his son: "Why, how did yru know about the corn sheller?" The boy answered: 
"I have seen one in the museum in New York, but - and he seemed more than pleased - 
this is the first one I have ever touched." We learned later that Mr, Alfred 
Greenfield, the father, is a director of music at New York University. 

Saturday, July 10, 1937 Very warm 

This closes a week of ex tremely warm weather. It ha; not been the 
kind of weather which invites one to go travelling. Nevertheless we have en- 
tertained a goodly number of tra vellers through the week and the register book 
records tourists foxm 41 different sta tes In the Union. It is interesting to 
note the states which are not represented. 

Ne- Mexico 

South Dakota 
South Carolina 


Sunday, July 11, 1957 Very Warm 

A medium- si zed boy appeared for breakfast this morning long 
before other members of his family were seen. He belonged to the family 
of Mr. and Mrs. McKain, overnight guests. We saw him scouting around the 
grounds at an early hour. When he came into the Bar-room, he exclaimed 
with glee, "I've just seen a squirrel having combread for his breakfast'." 
This was apparently a very rare sight for this young man from the city. 
He lives in Pittsburg, where his father, Mr. J. P. McKain, is connected 
with the Ford Motor Company. 

Redstone School 

Mention of the opening of the Redstone School through the 
summer months has already been made in the Diary. The hostesses, Miss 
De Mille, Miss Fisher, Miss Tibbetts, Miss Schultz and Miss Staples, 
are each taking an afternoon in turn to be at the school house. They 
enjoy a change from the regular routine work at the Inn. Every day 
their attention is called to some unusual or interesting event in the 
old school room; something that the summer visitors say or do. This 
will be recorded in the Diary each day as reported by the hostess. 

Monday, July 12, 1957 Very Rainy 

Speaking of cornbread - The other day Mr. Estabrook, one of 
the watchmen for the Inn, was riding along the main road with his wife. 
About a mile and a half or two miles distant from the Inn, Mrs. Estabrook 
noticed a bird flying by with something large and yellow in its mouth. 
She called Mr. Estabrook' s attention to it and asked what the bird was 
carrying. Mr. Estabrook looked, than exclaimed: " .Vhy that's a piece of 
Emma's cornbread 1 ." Here was the bird nearly two miles away from the Inn, 
carrying the precious morsel - probably to a hungry family, 

Redstone School 

Perhaps the following story from the school house will be 
the most interesting of this summer season. 

Little Patricia, 8 years old, round and fat with blond 
braids, from Rochester, H.Y., slept all last winter with the "Story of 
Mary's Little Lamb" under her pillow. She had read it over and over 
again. It was a gift from a neighbor who had visited the Redstone 
School House. Patricia wanted to see the school; she had dreamed of 
seeing it, of being in the real school where Mary took the lamb. Every 
night she hoped that she would come some day to see the school. This 
week she was here. She sat on a seat in the back of the room and listened 
while the hostess told the story of Mary and her lamb. Patricia was 
thrilled. At last she was here. 


Tuesday, July 15, 1957 Pleasant 

A postal card came in the mail recently from Lucerne in 
Svdtzerland. We remember the senders, a Dr. and Mrs. Schaper who 
spent the night here last April. They were then on their way to New 
York to sail to Europe. A leisurely trip is planned and the post card 
tells us that a year will be spent in London. "Then back to the U.S." 
say 8 Mrs. Schaper, "where we may see you on our way home to California." 
We think this gesture - of sending a card - to be a very friendly thought 
on the part of our guests. Today Miss Fisher sent a card of greeting in 
return - from the Wayside Inn, to the Schapers, c/o Thos. Cook & Son - 

Redstone School 

Questions most frequently asked: 

Was there a real Mary and a real lamb? 

Are these the old desks? 

Are you the teacher? 

Is the school still in use? 

Where is Sterling? 

Who wrote the Poem? 

Wednesday, July lb, 1957 Pleasant 

The corn sheller by the side of the front door has been 
given various names, by our guests. It has been called a lemon 
squeezer, a washing machine, and a cider press. Today we heard a new 
name. A guest told us she thought the hollow tree trunk was an 
elephant's foot. She had seen an elephant's foot in a museum in 
New York which, she said, looked like our corn sheller'. 

Redstone School 

Miss Schultz has a good sense of humor. A man came into 
the school room. He started telling about Mary and her lamb. He told 
of the woman in England who claimed to be the real Mary. He told Miss 
Schultz about Sarah Josepha Hale and John Roulstone. He talked about 
Sterling and the original location of the school. Miss Schultz did 
not have a single chance to tell her story. When there was a pause, 
the man tipped his hat - said, "Thank you very much" - and walked out'. 


Thursday, July 15, 1957 Pleasant 

e were intrigued today by a boy in blue. It was a soft, 
light shade of blue and the boy had blond hair and blue eyes) long, 
full trousers and a blouse with a wide collar made up the costume. 
The boy was friendly and smiling - so we asked him what his dress 
represented. He said that he was a Sea Scout and that he had just 
come from the Boy Scout Jamboree in Washington. He seemed to have 
enjoyed the trip to Mt. Vernon as much as anything. He told us 
that two boats a day carried the scouts down the Potomac to Kt. 
Vernon . 

Redstone School 

We took a typical day and asked the hostess to report the 
exact number of visitors in the school. It was a pleasant afternoon ■ 
not too warm and not too cool. There were no special parties or bus 
groups. The hostess reported 87 visitors. 

Friday, July 16, 1957 Warm 

If we ever take a tour by bus, it will be on the Tauck 
Tour Bus. These are the beet conducted tours that we have ever seen 
at the Inn. Every guest is well taken care of and is given personal 
attention by a thoughtful conductor. To-day a Tauck Tour guest had 
forgotten to take her pill. The pill was in the bus. The bus was 
at the Redstone School House. The thoughtful conductor carried - 
in his hand - a glass of ice-water, all the way from the Inn to the 
bus where the lady found her pill. Then all went merrily on their way. 

Redstone School 

The Tauck Tour group filled the little school house this 
afternoon. Every seat was occupied and some of the guests stood 
around the edges and near the door. The hostess told the story and 
all was quiet. Then the conductor of the group put on a pair of 
bone rimmed 'specks and led the ladies in the singing of "School Days" 


Saturday, July 17, 1957 Pleasant 

The hostesses were nearly overcome around dinner time this 
evening when a telephone call came, announcing that 22 people wanted to 
come to the Inn to spend the night. They were students from the State 
Normal School at Plattsburg, New York. Fortunately, we were able to 
accommodate them all - twenty young ladies and two gentlemen. But more 
about them tomorrow when they will be rested and relaxed from their trip. 

Redstone School 

If the sale of books is any indication of interest in the 
school house, we can day that it is very good indeed. We can hardly 
keep enough books wrapped in advance, although spare time is spent in 
putting paper and rubber bands around "The Story of Mary's Little Lamb'J 
It sells for 25 cents and makes a splendid souvenir of the school 
house for both children and adults. 


Sunday, July 18, 1957 Pleasant 

The 22 students from the Plattsburg Normal School were up 
bright and early this morning. They lingered around the house and 
grounds and bought books and post card9 before leaving. One young lady 
was found sitting by herself in the Parlor. She said that being here had 
been a wonderful experience for her. Others in the party felt the same 
way. V/e felt that having these young people here was a fine experience 
for the Inn. It was a pleasure to have the house resound with their 
laughter and enthusiasm) to have young men and women feel at home 
within these aged walls. It is surely a great thing to have the present 
generation respect and admire what has been done in the past. 

Redstone School 

A young man with wife and family was a recent visitor at the 
school house. He spoke of the McGuffy's Readers and said that he hoped 
someday to find a first reader. The hostess told him that he could 
receive a reprint. "I don't want a reprint", he said, "I want an original 
first reader. It happens that I have every one - all old - except the 
the first." 

Monday, July, 19, 1957 Pleasant 

Today a modest couple with a much be-freckled boy W9re visitors. 
They stayed in the house long after a trip through had been made by the 
hostess. They wandered from room to room. Finally they rather bashfully 
approached the hostess at the old bar - And announced to her that this 
was their second visit to the Inn. The first visit was made 11 years 
ago when they spent several days of their honeymoon here. "We enjoyed 
the house more this time", said the "bride", "but perhaps that is 
because we listened better to what the hostess had to tell us." The 
boy was about 9 years old. 

Redstone School 

Little Connie, aged 10, from Detroit, visited the school today. 
She sat quietly in the back of the room and listened intently while the 
hostess told the story of Mary and her lamb. The hostess said, "And the 
day after the lamb visited school, John Roulstone went to Mary and took 
her a piece of paper - and what do you suppose was written on the paper?" 
Connie thought for a few seconds and then she said, "A love letter 1 ." 


Tuesday, July 20, 1957 Pleasant 

Mrs. James J. Storrow of Boston has established a Colonial 
Village which was visited today. This is located at the Eastern States 
Exposition grounds in Springfield, Mass. It is connected with the Home 
Department. We could hardly help comparing the old houses there with the 
Wayside Inn. Yet this was hardly fair because of the fact that Mrs. 
Storrow 1 s houses are usfced for housing exhibitions when the big Pair is 
in progress. Therefore we caught a glimpse every now and then of modern 
household equipment. There were, however, several unusual old features 
explained which were of special interest. One was a hole by the side of 
the front door in the old Potter house. This was the Cat Hole. The cat 
could go in and out of the house through this small passageway by means 
of a trap door. In the Potter house also are the well-known wooden "arms" 
on either side of the fireplace. These swing out with blankets thrown over 
them. The purpose was to keep draughts away from those sitting near the fire. 

Redstone School 

Another hostess had the same sort of experience at the school 
as the incident reported yesterday by Miss Schultz. When a certain place 
in the story of Mary and her lamb was reached, the hostess said: "Now one 
day when Mary and her brother Nat were on their way to the Redstone School, 
they looked around in back of them and what do you think they saw?* She 
"called" on a little girl sitting in the front seat. The little girl 
pondered a while on the question and then she replied, "The little sheep'." 

Wednesday, July 21, 1957 Pleasant 

Bus drivers and guides, men dressed in uniforms, are seen 
frequently around the Inn these summer days. One of the drivers told us 
a rather amusing story. He said that he used to make the "run" down to 
Cape Cod. One of his best exhibits was the oldest windmill on Cape Cod. 
He used to prepare his guests for the sight just as he neared the crest 
of a hill. His lecture ran something like this: "Now, ladies and gent- 
lemen, when we come to the top of the hill, look on your left and you will 
see a beautiful sight - the oldest windmill on the Cape." One day he 
repeated his story as usual. But when the crest of the hill was reached, 
lo and behold, the windmill had disappeared 1 . It was many miles from 
Cape Cod - in Greenfield Village, Michigan. 

Redstone School 

A gentleman said that the most unpleasant experience he 
remembers of his childhood days occurred when he attended a school 
similar to the Redstone. He said that he was being punished by his 
teacher. She, as a punishment, made him sit in one of the double seats 
beside a girl. That was to him a most trying and humiliating thing to 
do - to sit beside a girl l 


Thursday, July 22, 1957 Pleasant 

Mr. Stephen D. Adams was here today. Mr. Adams 1 grandfather 
married Mary Ann Longfellow - a second cousin of the poet. She lived in 
the first Longfellow house in this country which was at Newbury, Mass, 
The Adams family homestead adjoined the Longfellow property; the houses 
were side by side. Unfortunately the Longfellow house was destroyed - 
all but the stairway which is now incorporated into Craige House in 
Cambridge n L Fm.iln 1lL;,ii. The Adams house, built in 1705, is still standing 
in Newbury. For sentimental reasons, Mr. Adams has bought the Longfellow 
property next door to his ancestral home and hopes that the two places 
will always remain in his family, side by side. 


The tables and benches in the school yttt, arranged for picnic 
parties, are well-placed. Almost every day a family or two have a picnic 
lunch there. ITice little families with small children are seen enjoying 
a home prepared meal under the pine trees. 

Friday, July 25, 1957 Pleasant 

During the latter part of this afternoon Mr. and Mrs. J.E. 
Hutchins from Grosee Point, Michigan, arrived. They are staying overnight 
and hope to get rested from a long trip. This has been a very warm day 
and both Mr. and Mrs. Hutchins seemed very tired. .Ye have made them as 
comfortable as possible in a cool room and given them a large pitcher of 
ice water. 


The Tauck Tour group didn't want to leave the school house 
this afternoon. The teacher-hostess had told them just about all there 
is to tell about the school - but still they sat there in the little 
seats. Finally the questions at the end of the Mary Lamb Lesson in 
McGuffy 1 s Reader were read. The hostess asked the "class" - "What did 
Mary have?" "Where did the lamb go?" "Why did the lamb love Mary?" 
Some clever answers were given and much fun was had by all. 


Saturday, July 24, 1957 Pleasant 

We are having a great many tourists. A goodly number of 
them are school teachers. They pull out notebooks as the hostess 
talks and make notes on various things she says; particularly in the 
Parlor where the Longfellow association is brought into the story. 
School teachers are generally good listeners and are among our most 
appreciative guests. One school teacher declared that this was the 
nicest place on all her historical trip. "Without exception, the Inn 
is the best. It beats Lexington and Concord and all the rest," she 

Redstone School 

Tauck Tours visited the School again today. Also a large 
number on the Grey Line Bus. Over 50 books of the story of Mary and 
her lamb were sold. 


Sunday, July 25, 1957 Pleasant 

The Inn is frequently classified as a i<iuseum. By its 
rare collection of early American furniture in a natural setting, it 
is indeed a fine exhibition of the life and thought of our forefathers, 
-ore is needed, however, to make of the Inn an effective Museum. The 
following paragraph has given the hostesses much food for thought: 

"A Museum is an extravagance unless it is an 
efficient instrument of education. If it fails 

to instruct, a collection of specimens, no matter 
how handsomely installed, does not qualify as a 
modern museum. What the trained museum instructor 
or hostess knows about (the early life and thought 
of our forefathers) should in some way be conveyed 
to the visitors. Collections do not convey this 
information, and they do not constitute a modern museum. 
To be a mere collector and exhibitor is not especially 
commendable; but so to use and interpret collected 
material that it will assist in telling a story - 
an important story - in the best possible way, is 
indeed commendable. B 

- Dr. Bumpus - Former Director, 
Amc. Museum of Natural History, 
New York 

Redstone School 

Sometimes we wonder which enjoy the school more - the 
children or the parents. We looked out the window today and saw a 
gentleman - the father of a small child - swinging in the swing in 
the school yard while his young son stood by and meekly looked on. 


Monday, July 26, 1957 Showers 

A day does not go by without someone speaking of our food; 
how good it is and how plentiful. A lady told us today that she had 
entertained friends from Troy, N.Y, several weeks ago. "We went out 
somewhere for lunch everyday", she said. "We came here one day and it 
was the only day when we didn't have to go right home and eat another 
lunch 1 ." 

Redstone School 

"I'm looking for Logan's Speech", said a white haired 
gentleman sitting in one of the front seats, "it's in McGuffy' s 
5th - have you got it?" His face beamed. We had it and Logan's 
Speech was found. The gentleman read it over. He said that he 
used to have to repeat it every Firday afternoon when he was a boy 
in school. "That's it, that's it'." he almost cried. It was a real 
thrill for our friend to see Logan's Speech again. The hostess felt 
a keen pleasure in being at the school and showing this gentleman 
the book he had longed to see. 

Tuesday, July 27, 1957 Rain 

We are well acquainted with the two Bowker families from 
Worcester. One family, the Carl Bowkers, come every Saturday night for 
dinner and bring roses from their garden. The other Bowker family, the 
Harold S. Bowkers, come occasionally for dinner, perhaps every month or 
two. They bring flowers too, but not roses. They specialize in other 
kinds and tonight brought with them a large flat box filled with 
tuberous-rooted begonias. These are large, bright, single blossoms - 
perfect in formation. Mr. Bowker carried them right into our flower 
room and arranged them himself. He used two large, deep pewter bowls. 
These Bowkers (Harold S.) are experts in table decoration and have 
won many prizes for such. The begonias have already been admired 
greatly by our guests. They are gorgeous in color - some are velvety 
in appearance, others have a fringed edge. 

Redstone School 

A gentleman said recently that he remembers repeating "Mary 
Had a Little Lamb" when he was a child. He had some playmates whose 
surname was "Eagar". Thus when our boy repeated "'What makes the lamb 
love Mary so?' The eager children cry."- he always had in mind his firends 
the Eagar children. It was years afterwards that he finally realized 
the "eager" in the poem was not a proper name but an adjective. 


Wednesday, July 28, 1957 Pleasant 

We do not claim to be experts in old furniture, but 
often we are asked questions that require an expert to answer. Such 
a question was asked tonight when a lady from Saxtons River, Vermont, 
drew us a picture of an antique and wanted us to identify it. It is 
difficult to describe, but briefly, her antique is a rather high, round, 
hand-wrought iron container. On the side of it, near the bottom, is a 
large hole. Inside, about a third of the way up is an iron grate. Just 
what this queer thing was used for in the old days is a question. It is 
old. It was used by the present owner's great-grandfather. She has 

asked several people to classify it. Still its purpose is a mystery. 
We have the picture and we have promised to try to help solve the 

Redstone School 

Teachers are always interested in the school. A teacher- 
visitor reported that she is the teacher in a one-room school house in 
Preston, Conn. The school was built at the time of the Revolutionary 
War. It has been in constant use as a school p five grades in one room. 
This year, for the first time in its history, this little red school is 
to be discontinued. Children will attend a large modern school. 

Thursday, July 29, 1957 Pleasant 

One of the problems of a Wayside waitress is to pronounce 
the names of our guests correctly. She pages luncheon and dinner guests 
through the house. She needs to call the names clearly and distinctly. 
If the name is difficult to pronounce, then the waitress must practice 
it a_while before ihe attempts to page the guest. Today we had a sticker 1 . 
When the guest was asked his name, he handed us a card. Here was the 
proper spelling, but how should one pronounce "Schoeffermann"? The 
waitress repeated it several times and then called our guest. The name 
was right! Mr. Schoeffermann and his family answered and were soon in 
the dining room. Mr. Schoeffermann is from Chicago, where he is President 
of the Citizens National Bank of Chicago Heights. 

Redstone School 

The hostess and guests were discussing school punishment. 
The guests told of various punishments they remembered when children. 
They spoke of standing up in front of the room facing the blackboard; 
the dunce stool was mentioned. But the most peculiar experience 
recounted was when a boy had been punished so severely by his teacher 
that he returned to his desk extremely nervous and excited. As the 
teacher passed by his desk, he felt so scared that he picked up a 
bottle of ink and drank it all downl 


Friday, July 50,1957 Pleasant 

Every year about this same time a group of students 
from Peabody College in Georgia, take a trip to New England and 
stop at the Wayside Inn for tea. Today they paid their annual visit. 
For a group of young people to come from Georgia to the V/ayside Inn 
each year is an event, we think. The teacher in charge has promised 
to come again next year. 

Redstone School 

In the Tauck Tour group today was a large, jovial man - 
a Dr. Miller from Indianapolis. He looked rather funny sitting in 
one of the tiny seats. When the session was olaer, Dr. Miller raised 
his hand. He asked if he could recite a poem. Permission was given 
and amid gales of laughter D r . Miller got up slowly from his seat 
and repeated the following: 

"Mary had a little lamb 

She put it on a shelf 

And every time it wagged its tail 

It spanked its little self." 

Saturday, July 51, 1957 Pleasant 

This was one of those days when we were crowded. Members 
of the Massachusetts Society of St, Petersburg, Florida, started coming 
early in the morning and stayed till late in the afternoon. The large 
dining room was well-filled at noon time with 169 men and women 
partaking of a delicious luncheon. In the afternoon an entertainment 
was given in the large ball room. "Just a Social meeting", the President 
explained. During the afternoon greetings were sent by telegraph to 
Mr. Ford. These same guests were here last summer. They rre good, 
wholeseme friendly people who h ve homes in i. Massachusetts, but spend 
their winters in St. Petersburg. Many real, genuine handshakes were 
noted as friends gre ted friends. "See you next winter", was the 
usual farewell. Tauck Tours with 26 guests were also here for luncheon. 

Redstone School 

Tauck Tours groups surprised us today. ,'.'hen all were seated 
in the little school seats, they suddenly burst forth into singing - 
"Good-morning, dear teacher, good-morning to you!" The hostess was 
much pleased. We imagine that Mr. Hawley, the conductor, had trained 
his group to greet us in just this way. It must have required some 
practicing as all Bang in unison at just the right moment. 


Sunday, July 31, 1937 Partly Cloudy 

The hostess noticed four especially good-looking, 
well-grooraed young men. They listened attentively to 
the hostess. She wondered: 

1. 7?ho? 

2. 'There from? 

3. Why here? 
The answers: 

1. Members of the Gollege orchestra. 

2. From the University of Kansac City. 

3. On their way to New York to sail on the 
"Norraandie". They will play in the orchestra 

on boar Lp going over and coming back. 
They will spend three cays in Paris. 

Redstone Sehool 

We had a: Tour -year -old visitor at the school. 
Ska had golden iair and wore a yellow organdie cres i . 
3he very delightedly sat in"Mary's Seat "and listened to 
the story, en the hostess came to the part of the 
story about the bus taking the students to and from the 
Redstone School, the little girl interrupted excitedly 
and asked, "But don't you have an elevated to ride on?" 

Monday, August JL, 193 7 Pleasant 

Many a child who comes to the Inn expresses keen 
enjoyment of his visit. But more - we hope that he has 
really absorbed some of the knowledge we have tried to 
impart. 7.*e often wonder whs': impressions will remain; 
what will be forgotten, what .'/ill be remembered. Today 
we happened to find out abaut one of our little visitors, 
Miss Shirley Lokwood. Shirly wrote a lengthy account 
of her visit to the Wayside Inn for the Young Folks Page 
of the '"orccstei Tele .gram . Accidentally, we saw Shirley's 
story and we are really surprised as t© the number of de- 
tails she remembered. She gives some statistics, the age 
of the house; how many years kept in the Howe family, 
etc. She names many of the household utensils and describes 
them. She tells about the Parlor and The Tales of a '.Vayside 
Inn . The reader is taken through the rooms upat Irn, 
As ( Hat r fact, Shirley gives a very complete picture. 
Then she goes to the Redstone School and hss a short account 
of it. Her last paragraph is as follows: 

"On ray way home I made up ay mind to read 
Longfellow's tales because I know I will 
enjoy them more after ray wonderful visit." 

~~!*(1 &tnnm .'inhnnl 


Tuesday, August 3, 1937 Pleasant 

Mr. v.nd Mrs. E.J. Cutler of Dearborn and daughter, oarah, 
are overnight guests. Mr. Cutler has spent some time here in 
the past few years. Mrs. Cutler has not been to the Inn for 
about ten years. All are delightful guests. 

A Sudbury resident introduced herself today as Miss 
Florence Hosraer. 3 he is spending the Summer at the old 
Hosraer house at the "corners" fcn Sudbury Center - a large, 
square Colonial brick house. Miss Hosraer is an artist. 
Her studio, at 247 Newbury Street in Boston, is the one 
formerly used by John Singer Sargent. She paints portraits 
and teaches. 

Redstone School 

We con't know exactly how to verify the following, but 
we would like to do so. A young man tols us that his father 
attended a little red school in Clinton, Mass. In this school 
each pupil, in some way, owned his own desk. At the end of the 
tirae spend in this particular school, the pupils were allowed 
to take out their own desks - that is, to carry thera hone. 
"Father's desk is around the barn somewhere", said the young 
man. r "e wonder if owning your school desk v/as a usual custom 
of the old days. 

Wednesday, August -<r, 1937 Pleasant 

Three hundred guests of the National Cash Register 
Company of Ohio were expected to arrive at 11 o'clock to 
see the house. Instead, they came at 12:00 and stcyed till 
1:30. Just at our noon hour when regular luncheon guests 
were arriving, we maneuvered these middle western famraers 
and wives through the Inn. They enjoyed it. It v/as some- 
thing entirely different. Many had never seen old New 
England things. Then shown the wooden gambol in the kitchen - 
used for stretching beef - one man said he thought it the best 
thing in the house. He appreciated this hand made instrument, 
the like of which in steel, he has probably used many times. 
They liked, too, the Longfellow Parlor. It gave thera some 
of the familiar literary background of New England. 

Redstone -chool 

, Mr. J.M. Howell announced that Mr. Ford had told him 
much about the school. Mr. Howell said that he had accompanied 
Dad Pettis, old tirae fiddler to Dearborn; fhat he layec 
old time dances on the piano. He cones from New Rochelle, 
New York, and stops at the Inn and School whenever he i s in 
this vacinity. 


Thursday, August %, 193 7 Very 7;arm 

jrne campers from the ^ueen Lake Gamp at Athol, Mass., 
came early this morning snC stayed for lunch - going on from 
here to Boston. They were young Jewish girls under the 
supervision of 4 counselors. The girls were very bright and 
interested. They wanted to know ell about everything. We 
opened the Redstone school in the morning and they asked 
intelligent questions. Miss Fisher took them through the 
Inn anc was introduced to the «amp poet - s girl of about 
ten years. 3he was urged to recite a poem . Miss Fisher 
wrote it down. The la^t verse is especially good. 
"The butterfly is a pretty thing 

As it flies among the flowers 

I think each hundredth one 

Marks off sn hour - 

lQ butterfly is a pretty thing 
As it flutters down the lrne 
I sone times think that a fairy 
Uses it for an aeroplane." 

Redstone Ochool 

The old wood, stove in the school horse is the subject 
of much conversation. A lady tol that the stove is 
exactly like the stove in the Calvin Coolidge birthplace 
at Plymouth, Vermont. It is in the first room as you enter 
the house . 

Friday, August fc, 1937 Very "arm 

Overnight guests last night were Miss Helen Bott end 
Miss Sophie C. Haekmann. Both are principals of schools 
in Detroit. They spent a long time last evening telling us 
about the Greenfield Village schools the Detroit Schools. 
They were particularly enthusiastic about the dancing classes 
Of special interest to them was an exhibition given by some 
of the Greenfield Village children at the Detroit Golf Club. 
It was at a meeting of the Administrator's Division of the 
National Education .elation. Miss Backmann was much 
impressed vith the manner, the dignity, and the grace of the 
dancers. These overnight guests had eaten a hearty lunch 
and did not want any supper. We gave them a glass of Devon 
milk before retiring - and they were enthusiastic about it, 

Redstone ochool 

9 teacher was presented a stick of gum and a box of 
candy by the "pupils" at the school house today. Tautk Tour 
people oent the bus driver back to the school with these 
presents for the teacher I By the eay, the driver's name 
is Joe and he particularly likes to hear his passengers 
sing " school Days". He pretneds to feel very av.kward and 
bashful when this part is sung: 

"I wrote on your slate 
I love you Joel" 



Saturday, August 4r t 1937 Very '.Vara 

i pupils from the Greenfield. Village Schools visited 
the Inn today. ,ey were John and Doris "eyl. Miss de Mille 
saii that they were familiar wit* a great ;.;rny things in 
the house. They seemed to have a good knowledge of tilings 
antique. Doris found Hiss 4.9 Mille very entertaining an* 
she laughed and laughed. Miss de Mille found brother giving 
Doris a curtain lecture: "Don't make yourself conspicuous", 
he said. 

Redstone ^chool 

Perhaps the two most interestec visitors at the school 
today w*re John and Doris "'eyl of Dearborn. hildren 
are students at the school in Greenfield Village. ,3y 
listened attentively while the hostess told the story. They 
appeared to be e. joying the school very much, "hen the hostess 
finished the story, she asked the 7/eyl children if they liked 
the Mary Lamb School as well as their own. Politely, but with 
proud loyalty to the Greenfield Village School, John answered , 
ij school is nice, but I think I like ours better". 

ways:de inn diary 

Sunday, August 8, 1957 Very Warm 

We love the children who come to visit the Wayside Inn. They 
seem to us to be especially keen and alert. They think things out for 
themselves. A good example of this occurred today. A small boy visited 
the Coach House. He observed that the coach must have been put into the 
house many years ago because there is a good sized tree in front of the 
door . The tree has grown considerably since the coach was placed behind 
the door. Therefore the coach is surely an old one. Not many of our 
guests have noted this particular point. We are proud of this little 

Redstone School 

A young lady visited the school who teaches the Health Class at 
the Elkin School in Philadelphia. This teacher was particularly interested 
in our school because her classes consist of the first four grades. These 
are undernourished children who come to the health school and are gi«en 
three meals a day - at ten, at twelve, and at two. They are taught the 
regular subjects and they have special periods during the day for rest. 

Monday, August 9, 1957 Showers 

Last Friday evening a del ightfuL little family visited the Inn 
from Highland Park, Michigan. Theyiwhat we might call "Everyday Folks", 
simple and kindly. They were especially appreciative of the Wayside Inn. 
They inquired about rooms, prices, etc. and said that they might return. 
Last night they came back and stayed overnight. This morning we learned 
more about the oldest boy of the family. He interested us very much. 
Bruce Knowles is about 15 years ols and has been collecting autographs 
for years. He spoke with pride of the one he obtained from Mr. Edsel 
Ford. Now he hopes to secure one from Mr. Henry Ford. He is a boy 
with a great deal of poise and a clean, active mind; he plays tennis 
and likes his school work. 

Mr. and Mrs. Grophear arrived from Dearborn just as the above 
mentioned Knowles family were leaving. Knowing that Mr. Grophear was 
interested in education, we introduced him to young Mr. Knowles. They 
had a fine chat and Mr. Grophear gave Bruce a very cordial invitiation 
to visit the Greenfield Village Schools. 

Redstone School 

A guest reported that he had a pet lamb - which happened to be 
a ram. When a boy, he took the ram to school. Someone asked: "is this 
Mary's Lamb?" No, he answered, "this is Charley's ram 1 ." 


Tuesday, August 10, 1957 Very Warm 

A Grey Line Bu* passenger made a special point of expressing 
her appreciation fo the Inn. She started to leave, hesitatied, and came 
back and approached the Hostess sitting behind the bar. "I just wanted 
to say that this has made my whole trip worthwhile. I paid $5.00 for the 
tour and the 25^ spent here has counted more than anything else." Grey 
Line passengers take a sight-seeing trip through Lexington and Concord 
before arriving here about 5 o'clock in the afternoon. 

We regret very much that Mr. and Mrs. Oamerone and family from 
Dearborn could not stay longer with us. They arrived in the early evening 
and were shown through the house in the regular way, with others in a lrge 
group. The hostess reports that they seemed to enjoy their visit. She has 
told us again and again that they were charming and delightful guests. We 
hope another visit from them will not be as brief. 

Redstone School 

A lady remembered well a story in McGuffy's Second Reader. 
It was about the Lark and the Fermer. She asked if she might read it to 
the other guests. This she did in a loud, clear voice. The moral to the 
story is contained in the last paragraphi- 

w For when a man resolves to do his work 

himself, you may depend upon it, that it 

will be done." 


Wednesday, August ±&, 1957 Very Warm 

Mr. and Mrs. Jehl from Dearborn arrived yesterday and today 
had as a luncheon guest Mr. Charles R. Clarke of Newton, Mass. Mr. Clarke 
was also associated with Mr. Edison in his laboratory at Menlo Park in 1880. 
Later he became Chief Engineer of the Edison Electric Company at the time 
the first Edison Central Station was built (257 Pearl Street, New York City). 
This began operation of September 4, 1882. Mr. Clarke graduated from 
Bowdoin College in 1875, a half century after Longfellow and Hawthorne, who 
were present at his graduation to celebrate their 50th Anniversary. On 
this occasion Longfellow read his famous poem "Morituri Salutamus. 

Mr. and Mrs. Grophear left this morning after spending an 
enjoyable time visiting the Estate and the schools. 

Redstone School 

Mrs. Jehl visited the school today and told about 
punishing naughty boys in European schools. She said that the naughty 
children were made to sit in the back of the room. She was much 
surprised that in America a common form of punishment is to bring a 
pupil to the front of the room. 


Thursday, August 12, 1957 Cooler 

Miss de Mllle was the hostess - the parlor was full of 
people. All listened attentively and eagerly. A small boy clutched his 
mother's arm and stood very still watching the hostess. .V'hen the group 
moved on to another room, there was time for this young man to have a 
word with his mother. Another hostess overheard this conversation: 

Boy - "Mother, was that lady Mrs. Ford?" 

Mother - ".Vhat lady?" 

Boy - "The lady who told us about the things." 

...other - "Oh no, Dear." 

Boy - "'.Veil isn't Mra. Ford here somewhere?" 

Redstone School 

After Mi 8 3 Tibbetts had recited our familiar poem of 
"Mary Had a Little Lamb", a gentleman in one of the front seats raised his 
hand. He wanted to recited a poem; it was this: 

"Mary had a little lamb 

You've heard that line before 

Then she passed her plate again * 

And had a little more." 
Miss Tibbetts continued and asked the following question for the 1'cGuffy's 
Reader: "What didfc.Iary have?" A pupil answered, "indigestion". 

Friday, August 15, 1957 Pleasant 

Ve know that Henry Ware Wales, student in "The Tales of 
q Wayaide Inn", left a valuable collection of books to the Harvard University 
Library. Longfellow describes them in this way: 

"in vellum bound, with gold bedight 

Great volumes garmented in white, 

Recalling Florence, Pia, Rome." 
Tonight ve were iven some first-hand infoi. . Mr. 

Currier of the Harvard Library was a dinner guest. He spoke of the books 
and gave us a cordial invitation to see them. He said that the Wales Coll- 
ection is 'no longer in one room of the library, but has been divided - 
much to hi3 regret. r. Currier spoke of the bookSwith much affection 
and said that they are very beautiful. 

Redstone School 

Joe, of the Tauck lour group, bashfully approached the 
"teacher" today with a bunch of flowers. They were not real, but some 
artificial red flowers which he had bought along the way. Much to the 
amusement of the other pupils, Jow presented them to the teacher with much 
ceremony. Joe is the driver of the bus and is very often called "Teacher's . 


Saturday, August 14, 1957 Pleasant 

Agnes reports from the dining room that guests are 
enjoying our fresh, green corn. It comes from our own garden and the ears 
are large and golden in color. Guests say that it tastes very differently 
from that bought in a store. 

In the front of the house guests speak often of the 
flowers - picked from our own cut flower gardens. Just now we are having 
scabiosa, asters, calendula, phlox, cosuos, and gladoli. 

Redstone School 

One of the duties of the Saturday hostess is to take 
pictures of the Tauck Tour group in front of the school house. The 
hostess today reported that all the Tauck Tour guests stacked their 
cameras in one spot - cheap cameras and expensive cameras - little 
cameras and big cameras. While the whole Tauck Tour group with 
conductor and driver posed en the steps of the Redstone School, a 
picture was snapped on each and every camera. 


Sunday, August 15, 1957 Pleasant 

Ufa noticed a wiee looking young oian sitting on the settle 
in the Bar Room. He had been sitting there a long time. Finally he got 
u r . , carne over to the Bar, and in a quiet, cultured voice, spoke highly of 
the V,' ay side Inn. He said, "This is the first time in six months that 

•s. Aiken and myself have found everything all right." Mr. Aiken is an 
insurance executive. He has recently become associated with a Boston 

Redstone School 

We have heard of the college student who stuffed matches in 
the key hole so that the Professor could not unlock the door and hold his 
class, but today we heard of excuses made by pupils in the little district 
school. Cne favorite trick was to jostle the stove pipe so hard that it 
would come to pieces. The room soon filled with smoke and the class would 
have to be Suspended while the pupils ran out for air. Another way of 
causing a disturbance was to put pepper on the stove. This started 
everyone sneezing and school work had to be postponed until the sneezing 
was over 1 . This was reported by a guest wh%e mother taught in a little 
red school house. 

-onday, August 16, 1957 Pleasant 

The boys from the school are back after a two weeks vacation 
and we are mighty glad to see them. They work on the lawn and gardens 
around the Inn and while we do not have much opportunity to speak to them, 
it is pleasant to look out the window and see a boy raking the lawn, 
cleaning the lamps, or running an errand. Ve missed them very much while 
they were away. There was a feeling that the family was not altogether. 
The boys are looking very brown and healthy with some fine New Hampshire 
air in their lungs. 

Redstone School 

Dr. and Mrs. J.H. Ralston of Cleveland, Ohio, were thrilled 
to find that John Roulston was the author of the first three stanzas of 
the poem (Mary Had A Little Lamb). Dr. Ralston thinks that undoubtedly 
he is of the same family, as there are various ways of spelling the name. 
Dr. and Mrs. Ralston live at 11025 Miles Avenue, Cleveland, and have 
three gentlemanly boys. The boys accompanied them on this New England 


Tuesday, August 17, 1957 Very Warm 

Miss Tibbetts has received what might be called a "fan letter". 
A guest who enjoyed particularly her description of the Inn, wrote a 
lwtter of appreciation. He addressed it this way: 

"To the young lady in the blue dress 
who conducted us through the Inn on 
Saturday, August 14." 
The sender is a young man whose home isin Washington, D.C., and in the 
letter he hopes that Miss Tibbetts will visit Washington sometime, so that 
he can show her the National Capital in fceturn for an enjoyable visit to 
the Wayside Inn. 

Redstone School 

Guests in the school house today told of a visit to Canada; 
the town of Killarney in particular. Killarney is a community <bf 600 
persons. It was founded 150 years ago and has never had telephone, 
telegraph, or railroad connections with the outside world. In the 
Killarney school house everything is English. Pictures of the King 
and scenes of the British Isles decorate the room. 

Wednesday, August 18, 1957 Cloudy 

More people from Dearborn arrived today. They are Mr. and 
Mrs. E.J. Farkas. They are to be here for a few days. 

V/e are .roud of the fact that the Wayside Inn was in the 
possession of the Howe family for five generations. Guests today told 
us of an Inn Ft Sudbury , Vermont, which has been in the Hyde family 

for 6 generations - since the year 1801. It is called Hyde Manor and is 
near Brandon, Vermont. 

Redstone School 

A visitor today explained why she thought the Mary Lamb 
poem became so popular. She thought it to be the even rhythm; something 
like "eenie, meenie, mynie. mo". A child would like its swing, would 
catch on to it easily. Our guest thought that this, rather then the human 
appeal of the poem - the lamb, the school, and Mary - made it popular. 


Thursday, August 19, 1957 Cloudy 

•hen Noah Webster' s anem was mentioned, we listened. It 
seems that one of our guests lives in Lebanon, New York. It is in 
Lebanon that Noah Webster is said to have written some of his dictionary. 
He was visiting his brother Abraham who lived in Lebanon. The borther's 
house is not now standing, but the church where he served as Deacon is 
there. Our guest said that she like to repeat a sotry told about Noah 
when he visited in Lebanon. He was riding in a carriage on a country 
road. He stopped and asked a small boy: "Do you like your school?" 
The boy answered, not knowing to whom he was speaking, "Yes, I like my 
school, but I hat& spelling." We recall that Noah Webster was the author 
off a well-used spelling book. 

Redstone School 

Guest - sinking into one of the little seats: 
"I don't believe that I could 
even recite the alphabet since Roosevelt 
has cluttered it up." 

Friday, August 20, 1957 Very Warm 

Gentleman at the bar: "Are you hostesses all Friends?" 

Hostess: "l»(tf, certainly." 

Gentleman: I mean, are you all Quakers ?" 

Hostess: "this is waffle iron." 

Guest: "it must have been an old maid's waffle iron." 

Hostess: "Why?" 

Guest: "Because it only makes one waffle 1 ." 

Hostess: "These are pipe tongs." 

Guest: "I wish we could buy them now. They would make 
a nice gift for Father's Day." 

Redstone School 

We can hardly say enough about the Tauck Tour class. Every 
Friday there is the usual fun made by the pupils and the bus driver. 
Today there was a birthday celebrated. Andrew, jh years old today, was 
given a set of post cards for a birthday gift. The teacher called 
andrew to the front of the room and the presentation was made. Andrew 

told his life story while all listened attentively. We wish that some 
of this scene could be photographed or in some way recorded. They are 
events wVr ch happen once in a lifetime and the memory of such an 
occasion as Andrew's birthday at the Redstone School will be cherished 

for many years to come. 


Saturday, August 21, 1937 Showers 

There are so inany school teachers in the groups these days 
that we th.nk it well to call attention to the little card of merit 
presented in 1809 to Adaa Howe by the school instructress, Nabbly Howe. 
The piece of paper is cut out with scissors in a fancy pattern and states / 
that the bearer has, by his diligence and application to his studies, stood 
at the head of his class for which he merits the na~:e of a good scholar. 
I'iss Nettie Blair, a teacher in a New York State school, was thrilled when 
this was shown. She ex plained that she has t report card project on hand 
in her school at the present time. She is trying to abolish the report 
c ard system and in order to do so must first educate the parents to the 
new method. In order to win their approval, ~rs. Blair plans to show 
the evolution of the report card from the earliest to the newest. Our 
little card will be a great help. "Why", -rs. Blair said, "that little 
card has done wonders for me!" 

Redstone School 

A little girl in the school house today was anxious to take a 
copy of the "Story of i.iary and her la-rb" house with her. She also n.ade the 
suggestion that Daddy buy another copy for the Library in her horre town. 
The home town was North Uxbridge, Massachusetts. This we think wa s a 
thoughtful gesture on the part of one so young. 


Sunday, August 22, 1937 Rain 

It is surprising some times how quickly a gue3t will feel 
the spirit of the Inn; grasp its significance. A Mr. Williams, over- 
night guest, was such a person. He came down to breakfast this corning with 
his small daughter, 5 years old. Standing before the open fire place in 
the Bar-room, Mr. Williams said that this was his first visit to the Tnn. 
He went on to say that in most old houses, open to the public, there is an 
element of pretence that is not rea 1. "Here you feel a pa rt of the place - 
at home", he said. Later in the Fall, Mr. Williams plans to bring other 
members of his family here. He spoke of the interest his small daughter had 
shown in the house, much to his surprise. "But I don't want her to have too much 
of it at once" - added this thoughtful father. 

Monday, August 23, 1937 Rain 

It is gratifying to know that many of our guests, especia lly the 
tourists, make a special effort to come back again to the Tnn. Yesterday a 
well dressed, nice looking young lad came up to the Bar. He greeted the 
hostess like an old friend. "Do you remember last Spring when five rowdy 
looking college boys came here for dinner?" The hostess remembered. "Well, 
I've brought my mother and brother this tine", said the young man. 

Recently a gentleman ordered dinner. After the hostess had 
completed the order, the guest smiled and said: "We were here just yesterday, 
you showed us through the house. We wanted to come back". 

Tuesday, August 24, 1937 Cloudy 

Miss Margaret Schrubbe, teacher of English in the Edison 
Institute, was almost lost in the crowd of a Grey Line bus this afternoon. 
She first asked if this weeks issue of the Herald had been received. Then 
we knww that she must have come from Dearborn. Miss Schrubbe said that 
she made a special trip up form New York to see the Inn. It was rather 
unfortunate that she came with such a large number of people and that her 
time here was limited. 

Wednesday, August 25 , 1937 Pleasant 

Many guests remark about the wide floor boards n the house. 
A guest told us that the big trees froai which the w ? de boards came in the 
old days were said to be one of the causes of the Revolutionary War. King 
George ordered all trees 24" or over to be cut and sent to England. The 
New Englanders were wise. They cut all trees down when they measured 23". 
The King soon learned that 24" trees were scarce. He changed the measure- 
ment to an inch smaller. Thenthe natives busied themselves in cutting all 
trees 22" in diameter. Thus the feud continued, arousing the antagonism 
of the unpopular Ring. 


Thursday, August 26, 1937 Cloudy 

I guest remembered eating a Christmas dinner at the Wayside 
Inn in 1904. He described the house as more dingy than now. "The doors 
creaked" he said. Dinner was served in the little old dining roor. 
lir. Lemon poured out drinks n the lap room and passed them over the half- 
door into the dining room. 

Mr. and Mrs. R. H. iviills and family from Dearborn arrived this 
evening just in time for dinner. They will be here several days. 

Friday, August 27, 1937 Pleasant 

One of the articles in the kitchen which seems particularly 
interesting and amusing to our guests is the coal-carrier. This little 
tin, box-like shovel was m de for the purpose of carrying live coals from 
house to house in the days fefore matches. We picture the small boy of the 
family being sent to the house of the next door neighbor to borrow fire. 
Today a man recounted his own experience in just such a chore. When a boy 
he lived in the Tennessee mountains. He told us that it w^s a regular 
morning duty for him to go after the fire. The nearest neighbor was two 
miles away. 

Saturday, August 28, 1937 Pleasant 

During the interim of 36 years when the Inn was In the possession 
of the heirs of Lyman Howe, (1860-1896) a small boy lived here whose name 
was Homer Rogers. Today we had the pleasure of meeting Bra. Homer Rogers. 
She was a luncheon guest and told us a little about the Inn dur T ng the 
time her husband lived here. She said that little Homer used to escort 
people through the Inn and that he would tell them tht history of the house, 
He always tried to add someting to make the guests laugh; somet J ng true 
or otherwise! During th.s period guestswere often friends and aduirers 
of the poet Longfellow. It was shortly after the "Tales of a Waysdie Inn" 
were published. 


Sunday, August 29, 193 7 

The hostess hrd not noticed a small boy in the part . 
It was a large group - several chile ren and many adults, 
""hen the story was finished in the Parlor - and after the 

vtess had explainec about the '"ayside Inn Schools - a small 
boy, a manly little one, appro?" ostess snd askec 
if he eoul* tone to the school at tide Inn. tess 
asked where he lived. "I live in Cambridge, tut I could 
move up and be near so that I could go to the school here", 
he said. ie hostes .tec. that he first consult father 
about the movin; .' 

day, it 30, 1937 Cloudy 

Forty years ago a little {.roup cf "."ellesley college girls 
walked 1: slleoloy to the Ida Ii . .. as over 
narrow, dusty roads, we can well imagine. The trip was longer 
than they exjhectec and the girlo didn't reach the Inn till late 
afternoon, too late to walk back to "ellesley before dark. 

■• Lemon was the gracious hostess. Che scurried aro; 
and found some long, cotton, tucked night-gowns. She provided 
ea Lrl with one. Lrla stsyed overnight and hiked back 
to college the next day. . reported by one of our 
visitors today who was one of the"^ iris" forty years ago. 

esday, August 31, 1937 Pleasant 

Guests very often speak of Greenfielc Village ai at 
they have seen there. Something at the Wayeiie Inn rem.ii 
them of some thin ly have seen at Greenfield Village. 
Today a man on seeing the Clock-jack .'or turning the spit-rod 
in the old kitchen s ooke of the turn-spit at Greenfield 
Village - the one turned by a cog in a treadmill effect. 

nesday, September 1, 1937 

A Mro. Piper from Chicago saic toe ay that she was raised 
on the 7/ayside Inn; she hod heard about it all through her 
ildhood. Her family ha& always talked about it to her ai 
.. Piper had always hoped to see it. Tocay -he cane and was 
truly thrilled to be here. Piper is 10th in descent from 
Samuel Howe, builder of the Inn. 

y, September 2, 1937 Warm 

Seeing the cof fee-grinc er ■ in our old kitchen rerinded one 
of our guests of an amusing story - a fairy story. >he said 
"t a cat's ourr came from the coffee-grin . re was o 
a cat in charge of grindinj coffee on the Royal hoi Id. One 
day the cat sa.. the king approaching. inted i out and 
greet the king, but what should she ith the coffee-grinder? 


Thursday, September 2, 1937 (con't) 

On the spur of the moment, the oat swallowed the eef fee-grinder 
Later, when the cook pun he cat, she arched her back an* 
began to purr. ie purr came from the coffee-grinder inside 
the cat! 

Fri , ; 1 1 ember 3, 1937 Very '"sra 

times v/e might be j ed of eave. . We 
overhear conversations of our guests. We are inclined to 
listen. >day v/e overheard a lady recalling to her friend 
a visit she had made to the home of a great aunt. Our guest 
was a very yci irl at that time ai ie remembers the 
great aunt warning the bed with a brass covered war 
pan. "- .lace ju~t raakes ec want to go home s find 
some of these eld t - in my at tie. I want to bring them 
out and have them where I can see them," -.lie said. 

Saturday, September 4, 1937 

Lss Fisher and Miss ltz drove over to O on cord 
this morning anc were very enthusiastic about things seen 
there; especially t in the hou~e of the Antiquarian 
Society. Ihey brought -me enlightening information 
about our so-called waffle iron. It hould be called a 
Wafer in g or Mothering iron. It was first usee in churches 

for racking communion bread. .e small squares, seen on 
our present day waffle irons, were cut into separate 
pieces and served at communion. j wafering iron thus 
became our waffle iron. 


Sunday, Sept 5, 1937 Rain 

When Mr, Arthur L. Green walked into the Bar-room this 
morning, we knew him Immediately. First thing we showed him was the 
Oven Peel, a Howe item, which he recently contributed to the 7nn. 
The peel was given to Mr. Green by tor. Lemon. Today Mr. Green told 
us one or two interesting things about Mr. Lemon. He said that Mr. 
Lemon used to scan the daily papers for weddingsj learn the names of 
of the bride and groom and the church in wb'ch the wedding took place. 
When the bride and groom arrived at the Inn, i.r. Lemon was one step ahe$d. 
He would place a picture of the wedding church on the table where the 
couple were to sit for dinner. Naturally the newly weds were very much 
surprised and delighted on finding so personal a touch in a public tavern. 
Mr. Green told us that Mr. Lemon 1 s family did not care for or like old 
th ngs as well as did Mr, Lemon. But every Christmas Mr. Lemon would 
give all members of the family books on antique subjects, much to the dis- 
may of the unappreciative family. 

Monday, Sept. 6, 1937 Pleasant 

ss Rachel llacDonald and Miss Esther Schmidt fro^i Dearborn 
with Miss macDonald' s sister, came in last evening to spend the night. 
This morning they made a tour of the house and grounds. Being employed 
in Mr. Campsall's office both Lass i.acDonald and Miss Schmidt felt well 
acquainted with the Inn. They have seen many pictures and have heard iiuch 
about it. Therefore it was a real treat for them to be here. Miss "ac- 
Donald told us much about her^ Library work. 

This being Labor Day there has been the usual Holiday business, 
perhaps more than the usual. Over 300 guests were served in the d'n'.ng 

Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1937 Pleasant 

One of our guests went to no end of trouble to secure for us a copy 
of the National Geographic Magazine for May, 1935. The guest was a 
Miss Tolman who is a school teacher in Auburn, Mass. She has brought .i.any 
of her pupils here in times past. Today she appeared with the Graphic for ay 19 
tucked under her arm. It is in th*s magaz ine that the Kings boards are men- 
tioned j the timber demanded by the King to be cut at 24 inches. This story 
ha already been mentioned In the Diary. The Interesting part about :iss loir an ~ 
visit today was in her search for the Graphic which contains the story. The 
small town in which she live3 does not support a magazine store. Iherefore 
miss Tolman tramped the streets of Worcester. Eventually she found the mag- 
azine in a dirty, second-hand book dealers shop. Alii this for the benef't 
of Hostesses and guests at the Wayside Inn who are grateful to get the facts 
about the Kings boards. 


Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1937 Pieman t 

An exhibit wh'ch has been very popular with our guests th 
suu.u-er is the Courting Lilrror. A u.lrror, such as Is called a Court "ng 

'rror, was carried by a young :an 'n the old days to the home of i 
sweetheart. Ihe young iuan placed the m irror on a t R ble. If the lady looked 
into the iuirror the gen tl en an knew that he wr ccepted. "f she disregarded 
the mirror, then Lt was a sign tha t his attentions were not wanted. A 
guest today spoke of the saying: "I'll give him the ritten". Ihls came from 
the old days when a y ung lady refused the attent'ons of her sweetheart. She 
would actually knit a little Litten and send it to her suitor, Ihls r,:eant a 
refusal. Our guest told us that a bitten of this sort can be seen Ln a museum 
of antiquities at Wolfeboro, New H-u.pshere. It would seem, thelf.,that a 
courting mirror or a mitten would be a great help to a bashful swain of the old 

Thursday, Sept. 9, 1937 Very pleasant 

Sau.uel Chamberlain, author of "Open House in New England" was here 
today with his book and camera, to take r;;ore pictures for a second edition. 
Mr. Chamberlain's book has been very popular this summer as a guide book to 
old houses in New England, all open to the public. Judging fro:.; what . r. 
Chamberlain said about the Wayside Inn "n his book, he has nade an a ccur-.te 
and enlightening survey. We are anxious to see the new second edition. 

Friday, Sept. 10, 1937 Pleasant Ross Ihon.pson, a guest today told us that her fa ther was a 
tailor in Boston about the time of Longfellow. He w as a pprentlced to a very 
good tailor who .i.ade clothes for the great poet. When Mrs. Thoiup son's fa ther, 
then a young man, was a bout to take leave of the Boston shop and move out West, 
his employer gave hi:& as a farewell gift, the pattern of I r. longf ellow' s 
frock coat. The pattern Is still ; n existence and is still owned by the 
tailor- apprentice, now 74 years old - a i.r. Harry Graves of Cheyenne, Wyoming. 

Saturday, Sept. 11, 1937 Rain 

A friend of miss Schultz has driven on fro.:: Syracuse, New York to 
carry her back tomorrow towards ho.;.e . College starts soon. Our schools have 
entered on the Fall ten., this week. Ihe seems over now and the 
majority of our guests are changing from the tourist type to parents 
and students, l.iiss- Schultz is a bright little student and we hav e enjoyed 
having her with us this summer. She has been genuinely and keenly Interested 
in the history of the Inn and ha* told a very comprehensive story to our guests. 


Sunday, Sept. 12, 1937 Ra : n 

A German woman, born pnd brought up in Bremen, was on the 
front row of a group today. When the foot ~tove wa3 shown, she 
burst forth excitedly with a long story in broken English. It 
was about foot stoves used by the market wo -en "n Brer en. Women 
bringing their farm produce into the city would often sit for 
hours with their feet resting on a little square stove. Our guest 
beaded all over when she saw this reminder of home. She said 
that she had made a visit to her homeland two years ago and th?t 
foot stoves were still being used at that time. 

Monday, Sept. 13, 1937 Rain 

We were pleased today when Mrs. Clay stopped here for luncheon. 
She ha seldom been here except in the summer time and she thought 
the house looked especially attractive. Fires were burning becau 'e 
of a chilly rain outside ^uad there was a cozy warmth to the atmosphere 

Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1937 Pleasant 

Miss Mabel Knight, writer .ind lecturer has been assigned by the 
Christian Science monitor to write a rather long and detailed article 
on the Wayside Inn. Miss Knight arrived today ^nd is just now medita- 
ting n front of the fireplace n the Parlor. She has heard the story 
of the house and visited the Mill ?nd the Schools. Now she says thgt 
she is waiting for an inspiration for a good beginning . 

Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1937 Pleasant 

We haven't said very much about the Grey Line Busses this 
summer, but regularly "the Grey Line", as we call it, ha s cc e 
every afternoon about 3 o'clock. Very often there ha-e been three 
or four bus loads of people. Now, in September, there is usually one 
bus, possibly two busses. Each bus sumoorts a driver and lecturer. 
Consequently we get well acquainted with some of the bus boys and 
th nk of them as old friends. Son e of the T : have been br'nging groups 
to the Wayside "nn for years. One such conductor is Mr. George Pearson. 
George is a versitile person and in the winter time when he is not con- 
ducting Grey Line passengers, he writes guide books and poetry and 
lectures on Historical th ng s T n the Public Schools. Recently he wrote 
a poem about the Cat-nip man. We like it very much and George has g^'ven us 
an autographed corny. 

I wonder will some day I pass 
Ihe ancient stones and w ; thered grass 
And hear a. ghostly voice, alas 
Catnip, catnip yah, yah, yah. 

y;ays~de "nn dtary 

Thursday, Sept. 16, 1937 Pleasant 

The sale of books and post cards continues to be very good. It 
shows an interest on the part of our guests in the Inn and the i.°ry 
Laiiib School. Recently a young lady dashed in and bought a copy of £he 
Story of Lary and Her Lauib. She said that she w as a student in college 
a nd had written a these on the iifiary Lash School. Ihe Professor said 
that the story was all very fine but that it was a fairy tale. The young 
lady told the professor that she could prove the story to be true . The 
book was purchased to prove to the professor the authenticity of Mary and her 

Friday, Sept. 17, 1937 Rain 

Last Thanksgiving we remember very well a family party under the 
name of Damon. Tonight Mr. and Lrs. Damon gave a dinner Darty for 
their son who is to be jnarried tomorrow. The party consisted of the 
bride and bridegroom, ushers and bri.desn.aids. It was a pretty affair 
and tables In the small dining room were decorated with candles and 
flowers. The guests wsre dressed in evening clothes - the young lad ; es 
in light, flowing dresses. 

Saturday, Sept. 18, 1937 Pleasant 

It pleased us more than a liittle that a young lady fro;:: Dearborn - 
Miss Bagnoli who works n the Engineering Laboratory made herself known 
to us yesterdayl She came with the Tauck Tours. She was a nice little 
person and told us that one of her duties In Dearborn was to proof-re??d 
the Wayside Inn Diary. In doing so she has rear] ..uch about the Eauck 
Tours and decided to spdnd her vacation on a Tauck Tour. J*fter lunch all 
Tauck Tour guests - and there were over 50 - adjourned to a jolly "session" 
at the Redstone School. 


Sunday, Sept. 19, 1937 Ra ; n 

Many people remember the good old Youth's Companion, '.any nore 
people than you would imagine remember the Old Squire Far™ in Norway, 
I-'.aine, setting for a series of stories which ran for seve "1 years in the 
Companion. Dr. Stearns was the author. Recently a Mr, H. Brown Wright 
was a guest and told us thot he lived on the Old Squire Farm. Every 
year hundreds of people who have read and loved the Old Squire stories 
come to visit the scene. Mr, Wright does not have a museum, he just lives 
there j has a private house, but he is kept more than busy through the 
Summer months with sight-seers. Incidentally, N orway wa^ the home town of the 
picturesque fiddler, .'.iellie Dunham. I4r» Wright knew 'iellie very well. 

Monday, Sept. 20, 1937 Pleasant 

A lady came directly from the front door to the Bar and asked to 
buy six Mary Lamb books. She was in a hurry j couldn't stop to see the 
Inn, but ex plained that she wa ■ ve y much interested in the school house. 
She said that she wa- at the head of a small group of people in New York 
City who were doing some type of charity sork. Once when she moved to 
another part of the city the same group of people followed here there and 
because they did so, called themselves "Mary's Lambs". Someone had told 
the lady about the school house and she came on purpose to see it. 

\ * 

Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1937 Pleasant 

A member of the clergy spoke today, at length, of h.s eirly days in 
England. Now he lives in London, Ontario. Once 1 n a while he comes to 
New England, makes a pilgrimage to old shrines because they remind him of 
Old Eng and. He spoke about the winding roads, Serpentine roads, copied 
from the famous Roman roads. He thinks they are beautiful, winding in and 
out among the trees as they do in his native country. Our gentle, religious 
friend says that he is nearly heart broken at seeing new, straight roads. 
He hopes thct some of the old Serpentine roads will be kept forever. 

ifiednesday, Sept. 22, 1937 Pleasant 

Miss Fisher heard a guest tell of an unusual way of securing more light 
in the old days; something we have never heard of or read about and wonder 
if we will ever seel It is a large copper ball, hung down from the center 
of the chimney into the fireplace. The ball would hang over the open fire 
and the light from the blaze would reflect into the room. The housewife 
spent much time in keeping the ball well polished. It would gather soot 
and smoke. This lighting device was seen by our guest in Nova Scotia and 
is of English origin. 


Thursday Sept. 23, 1937 Pleasant 

The best Wayside Inn Ghost Story we have ever heard wan presented 
today by Mr. Julian DeCordova. First, we will tell about Mr. DeCordova. 
He is a Spanish gentleman who lives in the nearby town of Lincoln. In times 
pa t he has travelled all over the world; made an ex tensive collection of art 
objects. These he ha: given to the town of Lincoln for a Museun. Every year 
Mr. DeCordova entertains the Lexington Music Club. Today the Lexington Music 
Club decided to entertain Mr. DeCordova at the Wa yside _nn. But Mr. DeCordova 
got ahead of the Club and paid the bill for the Club's luncheon. At any rate, 
Mr. DeCordova wa.j personally acquainted with "lonti, the Young Scilian 
of the Tales of a Wayside Inn. In the Ball roon th ; s afternoon, Mr. DeCordova 
repeated to the Lexington Music Club a first class ghost story told to him by 
Luigi ;;lonti. It is as follows: 

Exekiel Howe, landlord of the Inn (1746-1796) was entertaining a 
group of friends at dinner {Picture them 5nthe little old dining room). 
A young man, a student from Harvard wis in the company . He had been 
working hard, was moody and very tired. During the course of the con- 
versation it wa mentioned that Ezekiel Howe had lost all the original 
title deeds to the Inn property. Ezekiel had searched for them everywhere. 
As the dinner progressed the young student became somewhat dazed. He 
began talking to an invisible person, a Catholic priest. The Landlord 
and other guests realizing that the y^ung man was weary, suggested that 
he retire, which he did - to the room afterwards occupied by General 
Laf-yette. The young man did not go immediately to bed, however, but 
sat in a chir before the open fire. His candle burned low, the flames 
on the hearth died down, only a few live coals remained. Moonlight 
streamed into the room and a ghost, th° n <a. tholic priest, entered. He 
informed the student that he knew where he could find the original Howe 
deeds. The ghost then pressed a button near the fireplace and a 
secret door opened, revealing a sta irway. He demanded that the boy 
follow him up the stairs. The stairs were dusty. The footsteps of the 
guest were seen plainly; those of the ghost were not visible. The 
stairway led to the A ttic. When there the ghost pointed to three discolored 
bricks in a large old chimney. He took out the bricks, reached in, 
pulled out a box. in it were the long lost, long looked for Howe papers! 

Mr. De Cordova added that the story 
was purely a ghost story but the 
fact that the original deeds were 
lost by Ezekiel Howe wan true. 


Friday, Sept. 24, 1937 Very pleasant 

The Librarian at Leomlnister, iias~. has worked out a fascinating 
story of Colonial days. In her library she has a good collection of 
Colonial household utensils. These she use? to a good advantage In 
presenting an educati nal pro gran to school children. She has built 
up a history of the tovm beginning with the child ramar Gershan, 
daughter of one of the original settlers of the town. In describing the 
Colonial collection little lamar is carried through a day of her early 
life. She begins ty helping to prepare Break "ast arovnd the fireplace, 
using the old cooking utensils. Then she puts on a cunning little pair 
of boots. She ^elps her Mother with the Spinning and weaving. She 
irons her little apron with a queer old flat iron. She carries her foot- 
stove to church and at the end of a busy day, Tamar warrs her bed with 
a large brass bed warmer. We think this is a clever way of creating an 
interest in things Colonial for the children. The Librarian was here to- 
day and told us about it, altho 1 she was a very modest person. Someday 
we will Make a point of visiting little lamar 1 s ;.mag nary home. 

Saturday, S e pt. 25, 1937 Pleasant 

Boys and girls of preparatory School and College age have been stopping 
here lately on their w#y to enter nearby schools and colleges. Several 
have stayed overnight. Last Sunday morning the hostess heard a long tale 
about Kimball, a tall, dark quiet boy of 17 years. "Kimball is so queer", 
said pretty Mrs. Jenks, "He takes life so seriously. He never snilesand 
doesn't have any kind of a good time. Today we had a post card from 
Mrs. Jenks sent from her home In I^ontclalr, New Jersey. On the card was 
a picture of Wiggins o}.d Tavern at Northampton. Mrs, Jenks said that 
Wiggins was not as charming and hospitable as the Wayside Inn and she 
added: "Kimball alnost enthused over our weekend w'th you I" 


Sunday, Sept. 26, 1937 Very Pleasant 

The Diary reporter has asked several people for any special 
news to record on this day. Every one has given practically the 
same answer. "It was a very busy day; it was a beautiful day". Yes, the 
Inn was filled with guests and outside the air was crisp and cool; the sun bright 
and warn. Nearly 250 guests were served n the Dining room. But there was 
no special or unusual happening to record. 

Monday, Sept. 27, 1937 Very pleasant 

Twenty guests were served this morning at a Wedding Breakfast, ^t 
followed -he marriage of uiiss Rita ...oriarty of ^.arlboro and Dr. Byron 
Bizot. The bride made a beartiful picture with long, flowing veil. The 
Bridesmaid was almost aa pretty as the Bride and guests looked smart in new 
Fall clothes. The corning wa'; a perfect Autumn morning; some of the trees 
turned to a brilliant red and orange. The sun shone brightly. The Inn 
was quiet and peaceful - a lovely setting for a lovely Bride. 

Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1937 Pleasant 

A Spit rod for cooking meat in called a"Shish - Kebab" in Iurkey. 
A Turkish gentleman was intensely interested In our old S'itrod in the 
Kitchen. In Turkey not only meat is cooked oil the Spit, but also veg- 
etables along with the meat. It sounds very delicious. First a cube of 
meat about 1" square, usually lamb, is placed on the rod. Then a small 
onion, a quarter of a tomato, a green pepper and egg plant if you have it 
alternating with the meat. When done, sprinkle with parsely. Sounds good 
and our Turkish friend thinks that Americans would enjoy a better flavor 
in their meat if vegetables were cooked with it and not separately. 

Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1937 Cloudy 

The Wayside Inn has lost a very good friend, Mr. Edward A. Filene. He 
died in P-ris la~t Sunday, Sept. 26, 1937. air. FQene knew the Inn well 
in the days of Mr. Lemon's proprietorship. He was then a freq uent 
visitor -*od came as Secretary to the meetings of the Paint and Clay Club. r n 
the lower hall is a sketch of the P int and Clay Club at Wayside Inn presented 
by Mr. Filene. Also a letter from r. Lemon to Mr. Filene. Several times a 
year Mr. Filene would come for dinner, usually accomp anied by his secretary 
and a friend. 


Thursday, Sept. 30, 1937 Pleasant 

"History to Life during Vacation Trip" is the title of a report in the 
t'iami Daily News of a visit to the Wayside Inn. r t is written by a little 
girl, Abigail H?rdy, who visited New England last summer. Her account is very 
good and parts of it especially interesting. 

"One trip I specially enjoyed was to the Wayside Inn in 
Sudbury, Ivla-.s. There was a maple syrup bucket with the 
names of Calvin Coolidge, Mr, Firestone, Mr, Edison, 
Mr. Ford and Edward VIII. This bucket was U3ed by 
Calvin Coolidge. We were interested in this because 

r. Coolidge was one of my daddy's favorite presidents. 
We saw a rifle carried in the Revolutionary War and a 
sketch made by Paul Revere. 

r. Ford must have a good t^ire collecting all these 
old things and I think it is so kind of hi: to let 
people visit the Inn and share the old th ngs with 
him. I don't think I will ever forget this trip. I 
collect things, too, but so far all I have is shells 
and souvenirs of places I've visited" 

Friday, Oct. 1, 1937 Pleasant 

Today ended the Tauck Tour season. Twenty-five Tauck guests arrived 
at noon time. Luncheon was served ss usual after a tour through the house with 
Hiss DeMille. Then Miss Staples conducted a visit to the Redstone School. Here 
there was a kind of farewell session. Both lir. Wiseman, the Conductor of the 
Tour and "Joe" the driver expressed thanks and appreciation of Wayside Inn 
service rendered to the Tauck lours. Joe spoke a piece, or should we say, 
recited a poem, about the friends we make along the way. Joe had taken a 
great deal of pains to learn several verses of the poem, his tribute to h's 
friends at the Wayside Inn. We are glad to know that he thinks of us as 
really true friends. 

Saturday, Oct. 2, 1937 Cloudy 

Readers of the Diary will remember the school groups which ease last 
Spr*ng under the direct Ion of : r. and Mrs. Austill. Mr. Austill is a minister 
and a fine person to take charge of several hundred children on Saturday. 
Through the Summer, :.;r. Austill has conducted a European t ur for adults while 
u;rs. Austil 1 has been in charge of a camp for undernourished children. 
Thus the Austills ^re devoting their time and thought in do^ng good for others. 
Today two bus loads of children started the Fall and Winter season for r. 
and iars. Austill' s groups at the Wayside Inn. 


Sunday, Oct. 3, 1937 


It Is always a plea ure at this time of year to welcome back 
familiar face^j people who come regularly through the winter season. 
Some are students who are in colleges in this vicinity, as for in- 
stance, a young man by the nane of Stern, with glistening white teeth, 
who csuie to the Bar with a broad smile and said "Well, here I an 
back again for another school year". Often our w'nter guests are people 
who have spent the 3u-m er in travel or at houses at the beach or moun- 
tains. Perhaps we should call the.a Winter Sunday guests, for mostly they 
come on Sunday. It was very gratifying today to see ^any people who have 
been coming for Sunday d nner at the Wayside Inn, year after year, for 
many years returning for another year. 

Monday, Oct. 4, 1937 


..,r. and .V;rs. Carl Bowker, our rose growing friends from Worcester 
have been wonderfully faithful in bringing to us each Saturday n^ ght 
a large basket full of roses. All through the Summer and nto th's 
late Fall season they have appeared regularly v.ith flowers and the 
Boston Saturday Evening Transcript. Last Saturday we a -ked I4r». 
Bowker to give us a list of the roses which she has brought to the Inn. 
Here it is: 

Little Beauty 
President Hoover 
Lady Fortevoit 
.Viadame Butterfly 
Johanna Hill 
Rev. Page Roberts 
Mrs. E. P. Thorn 
i c Grady Scarlet 
Mi S3 Rowena The; 
Red Radiance 
Counte s Vandal 
Little Sweetheart 

Iho- I huri b 

The Doctor 

Betty Upri chard 


Dainty Bess 


Lady Chambard 

Edward Herri ot 



term. Sam i.cGr^dy 



Eteile d' Holland 

CI : ibers: 

iary Wallace 

New Dawn 

a ermai d 

Dr. tfan Fleet 




Tuesday. Oct. 5, 19^7 Pleasant 

This very pleasant day brought a large group of ladies fro : 
the Old Sterling (...ass.) Church. They had luncheon and regained 
long into the afternoon for a ii.eet^ng. Then they were escorted to the 
Redstone School which of course w as moved here froi. the town of 
Sterling. <any of the ladies knew the story of i.ary and her lamb 
very well - or were distantly related to I ary. Some of then were 
friends of friends of i.'.ary. Among the group was I rs. Charles P. Rugg, 
wife of the Chief Justice of Massachusetts. She gathered flowers 
fro;., her garden this morning and made a nosegay for each of the 65 ladies 

Wednesday, Oct. S, 1937 Cloudy 

From the Dining room comes the report that all the guests are 
enjoying the Cider. The Cider comes from our own apples and everyone 
says it is delicious; the best eve^ tasted etc. One guest described 
it as pure apple juice. Another said : "Ohl Just taste the delicious 
liquid Astrakanl " As a Eatter of fact most of our apples attthe 
macintosh variety. The cider is a rich brown color and when ice cold 
makes a wonderfully refreshing drink. It is ofcourse in keeping with 
the old days of the Inn when Cider was commonly served by Madame Howe. 

Thursday, Oct. 7, 1937 Pleasant 

Eighty-five wives of members of the American Society of Civil 
Engineers were luncheon guests here today. They ca:e e^rly to see the 
house and beca use they came from all parts of the United States, mostly 
outside New England, they were particularly interested in our early New 
England things. We find that people f ro n the :. iddle West and Wgs t are 
especially thrilled with the Inn. 

Friday, Oct. 8, 19 7 Cold 

Janet Richards is not as well v nown in Boston as ^n Wash ngton, D. C. 
altho 1 she was born in Boston. She learned Longfellow, page after page, 
because she has a very good memory. She told us this today when we dis- 
covered her among our guests. Miss Richards is now a well known authority 
and lecturer on Current Events. She has travelled extensively in Europe 
and spent the pa it summer at York Harbour, Uaine. Today she is on her w ay 
back to Washington, miss Richards is an older person then we iir.a gined 
and is very hard of hearing. She told us that she does not predict a War 
in the present J-^pane e-China crisis. 


Saturday, Oct. 9, 1937 


School groups were in full swing today. For luncheon there were 
26 students fros; Abbott Academy at Andover, Mass. and 37 pupils fro:.: 
Ten Acre School at Wellesley. During the -=tfternnon a school group c&:e fro:.: 
Quincy, Mass. High School. Also 100 children came with Mr. and rs. 
Austill. In the evening dinner was served to 20 students fro: Harvard and 
Wellesley in the Old Kitchen. 


Sunday, Oct. 10, 1937 Rain 

Under the sponsorsh'p of the Wellesley Club of Boston, a 
historical tour of Boston and vicnity is .cade possible for fresh- 
men at Wellesley College. Freshmen from Western and Southern states 
only are "nvited. Members cf the Wellesley Club of Boston supply 
transport at inn. "Its to give the girls a Birds-eye view of Interesting 
places in Boston. Then they can return with parfents or friends later." 
explained the lady in charge of a group of 22 «ho came here today. 
The girls ware pretty to look at. Souie of the;.- enthused a great deal 
over the inn. Ihey inquired about Ihanksgiv'ng dinner, overnight rates 
and sent post cards to their friends. 

i..onday, Oct. 11, 1937 Cloudy 

"Here is someone from California'." A petite young lady w ; .th 
sparkling brown eyes almost jumped on her toes. We glanced toward the 
Register desk and found the young lady surrounded with school mates, 
all from a private school, nearby. Then the aforesaid young lady 
almost flew to the Bar and asked the hostess where the guests fro:. 
California could be. "You see, I come froi^ California" she said. Ihe 
hostess asked several guests in the house if they happened to be fron: 
California. But no luck. Finally when a foursome of elderly people were 
leaving, the CaJ-ifornians were found. Then the young lady was introd- 
uced °nd a friendly meeting ensured. The last we heard, the school girl, 
still surrounded by her school inates , and the old folks were having a 
fine tine. Ihey hoped to see each other in California. 

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 1937 Pleasant 

Ihe Brigham family reunion h?.s co ne to be an Annual event *t the 
Tv'ayside Inn and it always on Oct. l 9 th. Today 90 members of the 
Brighams were entertained; :r.en, wo:> : en and children. Ihey made themselves 
at ho::;e. Sort of spread over the house j had luncheon and a ...eet : ng -n 
the Ball room. This afternoon there was Old Fash'oned dancing and a 
Brighari; children a orchestra on the progra: . A kind of "Old Ko.:e Week" 
occasion. And there were also the regular Holiday visitors; many to see 
the Inn and cany to have a meal. In the evening Sybil Holmes, only member of the Mass. State Senate was seen the dinner gues ts 

Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1937 P rtly cloudy 

The following is self-explanatory. t Ls taken fro;:, a post card 
received today. 

" - one of the stuients that visited the 
Inn Oct. 2 with the Children s Friendship our. 
I would like to know if it would be alright 
for so~;e friends and myself (about 14) to 

(continued next .age 


'Wednesday, Oct. 13 - continued 

coiue on a Friday anl join the young people 
in the lessons for the old fashioned dances 
which they learn. We are very Inter -sted in 
the^i and would like to some Friday if 
we iaay. Hoping to hear from you soon. 

Winnie Ochsner 

Thursday, Oct. 14, 1937 Pleasant 

A nice lady approached the Bar today and -nod estly told us her nare. 
It was Delinda ^ott. Her father, tor. Samuel D. Uobt,was with ifir. Edison 
in 1879 at iienlo Park. This is ofcourse, the year when the Incandescent 
lauip was developed, ir. wasthen a very young, just graduated" 
frou. Princeton. He was very n.uch pleased to have been invited by r. Ford 
in 1929 to share n ...r. Edison's Golden Jubilee at Dearborn. He was 
among the guests at that ;/ eworable dinner. Miss told us that her 
father died several years ago. 

Friday, Oct. 15, 1937 Pleasant 

Almost every other person *.ho has co.: e Ln the front door during 
the past week has been a banker. The American Bankers Association hi 
just ended its meetings in Boston. Wives and families of Bankers have 
also been guests. They have usually worn a blue badge. Today Sirs. 
0. H. Ada..;S ordered luncheon. She is the wife of the newly elected 
President of the Association. The Adars co ; e fro.. Salt L ke City and 
are i.ora.ons. Mr3. Ada. s told us that ...r. Adams care to the inn when he 
first arrived n Boston and said th?it he declared the :.;eal here to be the 
finest since he had left hoi. e. 

Saturday, Oct. 16, 1937 Plea -ant 

Ihe waitresses were thrilled. Everybody in the l was thrilled 
when two friends greeted each other Ln the din : ng room. They had not 
seen each other for 20 years, since the World W^r in France. They sat 
on opposite sides of the dining roo.; ; these two *.en w'th their wives. 
Mr. Pope recognized Sir. Sumner, but r. Sumner was slower tc recogn'ze 
Mr. Pope. Chairs were drawn before the open fire. The wives chatted 
while the two :t.en talked over War days n France. 

»\ ;nn diary 

Sunday, Oct. 17, 1937 Pleasant 

Frocj Pleasantville, New York, cfue .irs. Kenneth W. Payne, 
wife of the managing Editor of the Readers Digest. The Readers 
Digest is that intriguing magazine with articles froir. other magazines 
in condensed for: . . ,rs. Payne gave us a personal insight ~nto the 
workings of the office of the Managing Editor. She said that mr. Payne 
seemed to think that every issue of the magaz ine would be the l3"t; 
that no more material would be available. Yet every month th's popular 
publication appears. Mrs. Payne wa" accompanied by her father, a 
Mr. C. A. Ada:ns, who was born and brought up In Lexington, Eiass. He 
remembers hearing and seeing Longfellow, Emerson and others of the 
literati of that time. After staying ov^nTght :. rs. Piyne took her 
father on to a church service in Lexaigbon. 

l.onday, Oct. 18, 1937 Plea ant 

We were glad to see I r. Dame back again. He ha" been - 
most of the; sent us a card fro-. Nantucket. But he likes the 
Inn best nvhen it Ls quiet, when there are not too many people ^round. 
He care, as usual, on Rost.e. Ros'e is the bicycle wh'ch trav els with 
Mr. Dame wherever he goes; sometimes to Europe. Rosie has a spec 
place in the Gate House when lr. Da&e stays overnight. r. Da ; s the 
"Roving Reporter" of the Boston Herald. Another newspaper per.-on who 
comes to the Inn freq uently, we have just discovered, Ls Lss Edith 
Stevens who does the popular "Us Girls" cartoons. 

Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1937 Pleasant 

Guests continue to surprise us - In their conduct and character. 
So often do we misjudge the..: on first appearance. Such was the c 
last evening when a Mr. R. N. Gunn arrived as an overnight guest. One 

t have supposed him to be a day laborer - and perhaps he is. He 
works for the Boston and Maine railroad. Sticking out of a side pocket 
when we first saw him wa.: a pair of felt bedroom slippers. He had no 
handbag or overnight case. Soon he appeared sitting comfortably before 
the open fireplace; slippers on his feet. Then he began to discu 
Longfellow; his life, his poems etc. He quoted some of LongfeUlc ' 
verse. Said he had recently purchased an early edition of the "la] 
at a Second hand book store. He appreciated the atmosphere of the inn; 
wants to core again and roast chestnuts in the fireplace. He even b 
composed a -oem -bout the Inn - himself. Hers are two verses of Lt. 

See next page 


Tuesday, Oct. 19 - continued 

"0, Wayside ~,nn, so quaint and old 
.:ortel made by rhy^.e and prose 
1 long for thy tender fold 
And cor,:e for sweet repose. 

0., Wayside Inn, so gay and bright 
lo your hospitality 1 cleave 
I love to co^e and st?y all night 
And In the morning leave" 

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1937 Stor.: 

The house was quiet today. A heavy wind and ra"n lashed the 
windows. Bright Autumn leaves fell to the ground. I rge puddles of 
w ter stood everyshere. The day was of the kind Longfellow desc ribed In 
the Prelude to the Second Part of the Tales of a Wayside "Inn 

"A cold, uninterrupted ra^n 
That waned each southern window pane 
And made a river of the road 
A sea of u 1st that overflowed." 

The few guests who cav.e found bright cheery fires within the house. 
A school group vernuted forth. They were the Senior History Class of the 
North Quincy High School. 

Thursday, Oct. 21, 1957 Pleasant 

It see:-.s like almost every day so 'e English people are a:;ong our 
guests; at least every other day. So today we enterta : ned a Captain 
Frank H. Claret fro^ London. His hostess - one of ur frequent guests - 
told us thnt Captain Claret was decorated by King George V for bravery 
in action at the t e £$ the World War. The Englishman's hu..or \a said 
to be very peculiar, but we thought that Capta'n Claret had a very good 
sense of humor. He asked us if the popular toast "Here's how " originated 
at the Wayside Inn. This just after he had learned that the Wayside 
Inn landlords v.ere nared Howe I 


Friday, Oct. 22, 1938 rtly cloudy 

Ten Wagnerian Singers who gave" a concert at Welle si ey College 
last evening were luncheon guests today. Lira. l.acDougall^wife of the 
Director of music at Welle si ey > brought their, here. She explained that 
only one or two could understand or speak English. So for the greater 
part of their time here, they looked about by themselves and chatted 
excitedly about ihe tings. At the luncheon table they all signed in our 
Special guest book. Several are well known ooera singers. One, a 
Mr. Chas. L. Wagner registered as an Imp - resario. 

Saturday, Oct. 23, 1937 Stormy 

All New England w as shocked, 3 weeks ago, to learn of the death 
of the eldest son of the Governor of Maine. He was killed in an 
automobile accident. Today, a tall dark pale looking lady was pointed 
out to us as the Governor's wife and mother of the boy, Mrs. Barrows . 
She followed the hostess through the rooms and pa^'d strict attention to 
all that was said. She partook of tea and regained through a very 
stormy afternoon. On leaving we noticed that Mrs. Barrows smiled 
quite broadly when she told us that she had enjoyed her visit here very 


Sunday Oct. 24, 1937 Partly cloudy 

Two little old lad ; es came In for dinner. Then we lost the.; 
did not see theiu again in the Sunday crowd until they a *! red in the 
Parlor - both sitting on the edge of one chair. They were listening 
intently; nodded their heads eve:y now and/ then 'n approval and 
understanding. After others had left the roox, the ladies told us 
th*t they were related - 3rd cousins of rhamaa ft. Persons - Poet -in the 
Tales of a Wayside Inn. Ihey rei.'.e:.ber .' any things ^bout h s personal 
appearance and ch racter and said th"t for h's translation of D.ante, 
...r. P rsons w r s given the freedom- of the city of Florence. Ihey also told an 
amusing story about Mr. P rsons. He was visiting a grave yard with a friend. 
On a toii:b stone he read the following: 

"Enough of innocence lies here 
To sanctify the ground" 
Lir. P- rsons remarked on the beauty of the words; liked the thought and 
spoke to his friend about it. "Why, said the friend, you wrote those 
very line" yourself 1" 

Monday, Oct. 25, 1937 Pleasant 

Guest pondering over register book: "What I is he still alive? 
Then to hostess - "Will you please explain th s?" Hostess: "Oh, 
that means the nan.e of the rooiu - Ole Bull room." 

Hostess: "And half effaced by rain and shine 
The Red Horse prances n the sign" 
Guest: "Do you mean the sign for the Socony Gasoline?" 

Tue -day, Oct. 26, 1937 Pleasant 

A prominent sersori i.n the small town of Westboro, Mass, is 
iiiss Cora Newton - president of the Westboro Historical Society, 
member of the Board of the Unitarian Church. When ss Newton was 
a Small girl - ^erhaps 8 or 10 year* old, she l _; ved in Boston. One 
Saturday n.orning she happened to be « andering about the streets, saw 
a sign announcing th-;t the Old South meeting House was holding a 
Fair. She strolled 'nto the church; was the only child therea bouts. 
Looking around she found liary or iary Hound her. Our Mary Sawyer Iyler. 
There she 7/as, telling the story of herself and the lamb. She told it 
as v.e know it now, that the first three stanzas of the poe;- were written 
by John Roulstone, the la -t three by Sarah Josepha Hale. Mary told the 
child that John Roulstone was a good friend of the teacher Polly 
Kimball. That is why he visited the Redstone School. Thus we have in 
Miss Newton one uore per-on who confirms the quaint little story of 
our school house. 


Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1937 Cloudy 

A four peece orchestra played for old fashioned dancing after dinner 
was served to 57 guests this evening. The guests were teachers fro:.: the 
Northbridge Massachusetts school district. Several of the old dancer, 
were enjoyed in the large Ball room as one of the party "called off". Yfhen 
leaving each guest took a large red apple froui a large bowl. One young man said 
that the apples were a perfect ending for a .erfect evening. 

Thursday, Oct. 28, 1937 Rain 

Lots of 0h3 and Ahs were heard tonight around dinner time. They issued 
forth from a party of 7 ladies who were d : n ; ng together. We learned that 
the party was a Reunion for the class of 1917 of the Walt ham Training School 
for Nurses - a 20th Reunion. Twc of the nurses had not seen each other in 
all the 20 years. Others had not met for 18 years. So th.s was a real event. 
It is no wonder that exclamations of surprise and del'ght could be heard all 
through the house. 

Friday, Oct. 29, 1937 Pleasant 

The clas^ of 1938 of the Boys School celebrated Halloween by giving a 
party in the large Ball room this evening. Festoons of orange colored 
paper were used in decorating the room, iiiss Fisher, pianist and Miss De 
Mille, violinist decorated the musicians stand, That is, they were 
picturesque enough in themselves tc be all the decorot ' on needed. And the 
contrast of their costumes was indeed amusing. Miss Fisher was the denure, 
old fashioned girl with tight black ringlet ts hanging below a large straw 
hat. Her lace kerchief and full skirt gave her a prim and proper a ppearance. 
While on the other side of the platform sat Miss Del. llle with hair drawn tight 
back - a tiny little hat v» ith long upright feather perched >n one side of her 
head. A tight fitt'ng pi a id dres3 with very short and acant skirt made her a 
ty cal New York Bowery girl of pre-war time. This little platform scene brought 
forth many laughs as the boys and girls- dressed in all sorts of fancy dre^s- 
waltzed by. 

Saturday, Oct. 30, 1937 Pleasant 

The din ng room or perhaps we struld say the kitchen, had Lts own 
little celebration of Halloween. Up from the k'tchen came 3o>e cunn"ng 
little jelly-salad pumpkin faces made of yellow jelly and scolloped around 
the edges. Raisin eyes, a clove no^e and a citron mouth r.iade bright looking 
faces p aced on green lettuce leaves. The waitresses served the:, to the 
guests, and the guests, especially those having an Old Kitchen dinner, ex- 
pressed much pleasure in this appropriate Halloween gesture. 


Sunday, Oct. 51, 1337 Pleasant 

For a long t^e, since 1918 to be exact, a poe... I 
hung on the Parlor wall written by George Faunce '"h'tcob. Vie 
like the sentiment. It war; written by .,v. Whitcoi 
about to depart fro*, the 'nn to participate ! .n the World War. 
The last stanza " ; s striking and we rer::er.ber it well. 

"Farewell , then, old -Inn, for a spell 
off to join the rank- 
Soineda; ay co: e back and tell 

Gre-^t tales myself, : f not, farewell!" 

..r. Whitcomb came back, this week. Re plans to - ake a book 
of his po^ ints to : ncorporate 'n : t le T nn - 1913" 

Monday, Nov. 1, 1937 Plea sant 

The hostess 1 Iter ally ran up the stairs. Tjse Bus horn was 
tooting for Its last passenger and one lone woi.;an wa ;ing to 

meet someone froi;: her own ho^.e country.... England. Earlier in 
the afternoon a guest had informed the hostess that her hoir.e was in 
England. Then at just the la 't minute fefore the Bus left, another 
lady announced that she had co^e all the way fro><. England. Ihen 
the hostess r.;ade a desperate effort to get the two English la 
together. She finally succeded and the discovery was r ade that these 
two 7; ay side Inn visitors live, when they are at home, within twenty 
miles of egch other j one in Lftncash're and one in Ches;re. 

Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1957 Partly cloudy 

Mornings ~re quiet at th s t me of year. But '.orning visitors 
are usually especially 'nterested. This morning the hostess enter- 
tained a mother and daughter fro... Oklahoma City. The husband 
ed'tor of two Oklahoma City daily papers. A t lesst an hour and a 
half was spent 'n showing these two ladies the h>use. They wanted 
to see and hesr about every single thing. lime didn(t see : ' to be an 
i portsnt factor altho' this mother and daughter were on their wr y 
to see a boy of the f ; at Harvard College. It was to be a surpr: 
visit at Cambridge, but these guests seemed -;o genu'nely interested 
and thrilled .vita the inn that they were loathe to leave. 


Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1937 Pieplant 

It was very nice to have Eleanore Campsall pay us a visit. She came t 
noon tune today and told us that she is playing in a "You Can't lake It With you" 
company* This show Is now having a "run" In Boston, but Lsa Campsall Is 
with a threatre group now playing : n Springfield. She Ls an understudy for 
three actresses. 

A .'r. and Mrs. A. P. .. ac KLnon of Wakefield, Mass. celebrated their 
Golden (50th) Wedd'ng anniversa ry here today. They c?::e with a daughter. 

Thursday, Nov. 4, 1937 Pleasant 

Two lovely looking ladies, each with a large shoulder boquet of 
gardenias, were guests of honor at dinner this evening, it was not a large 
party, only nine, but an important one. Tomorrow Is the opening day of the 
convention of the A merican Home Economics Association. One of our gue^t^ 
is the director of Home Economics at Simmons College; the other directs the 
same depart:.. en t at the Kansas State College. A 11 the i embers of this party 
were thrilled at see'ng our Betty lamps. It happens that the official 
insignia of the American Home Economics A ssociation is a Betty lamp. One of the 
ladies told us that when the Association w? s holding a Convention several 
years ago, about 2,000 Betty la^ps, reproductions, were made as a souvenier 
for each and every guest. 

Friday, Nov. 5, 1937 Pleasant 

Two boys cane In to see the house today and announced that they had 
coi/.e all the way froj. Lynn, ..-assachusetts -n therx bicycles. The trip 
took 4 hours. The boys appeared husky and i:iade light of their journey. F've 
years ago this would have been an unusual occurance. Since the vogue of bicycle 
riding has co^e into popularity again, however, this sort of thing happens 
Liore or less frequently. Mr. Dair.e, Roving Reporter of the Boston Herald, ca e 
again this week for an overnight stay. He arrived as usual on Rozy, his : uch 
travelled bicycle. 

Saturday, Nov. 6, 193E Cloudy 

There have been several Old Kitchen dinners this Fall season, but 
we have not said much about thei. "n the Diary. Last evening IS people were 
served ; n the Old Kitchen and tonight there was a party of &4. Reservations 
are ^ade ahead engaging the Old Kitchen for the next two Saturday nights. 
An Old Kitchen dinner ;..akes an especi.a lly nice party after a football ga,..e. 
Sitting for several hours n the cold "stands" sometii es ch ; lls yon through 
and through. Then to co^e to the warmth and cozlness of the Old K"tchen and 
to see a large juicy roast of beef cooking on the Spit, Ls Indeed a f'ne way to 
end a crisp Autir.n day. 


Sunday, Nov. 7, 1937 Cloudy 

On Sunday, June 9th, 1895, Rev. Carleton A. Staples, minister 
of a church n feexington, Massachusetts recorded the following in his 


"The historic?l society take an outing on Saturday 
to Sudbury and the Wayside Inn and we expecC to 
have a good time." 

Miss Staples, whose grandfather w .5 the a£resaid minister, happened 
on this Item the other day and w-s much pleased. Since her grandfather 
was very much interested in th'ngs h'storLcal, she is now making a 
se?rch for a possible account of his visit to the Inn and if the Lexington 
Historical Society had a good time here. 

Monday, Nov. 8, 1937 Partly cloudy 

Roasting chestnuts is a good old fashioned sport. We revived it 
tod^y - here it the Wayside Inn. A gue:t brought some chestnuts. We 
furnished a corn popper and soon large brown Italian chestnuts were 
popping and sizzling over the fire. Guests and hostesses gathered in the 
Bar room and the delicious morsels were passed around in an old wooden 
bucket. All proclaimed the chestnuts to be as sweet as honey and very tender. 
Now we know why our grandmothers and great grandmothers were fond of roasted 

Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1937 Pleasant 

The autograph of the now Duke of Windsor on the bottom of the Coolidge 
Sap Bucket continues to cause ir.uch cogent fro.: our guests, especially since the 
recent plan of the Duke to visit the United States and now h s cancellation 
of the trip. Guests from England generally look at the signature w thout co . - 
ment. Many guests ask us If we expect the Duke and Duchess to visit the Tnn. 
Perhaps the most astonishing remark was made by a young lady who - when explaining 
the Duke's autograph to her friend said: "Why, you must know who Edward P. 
stands for I Its Sirs. Simpson's manl" 

Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1937 Pleasant 

Ihe hostess on duty this even ng was kept busy for a long time 
answering guest ions ab^ut every little detail of the Old Kitchen. The 
guests or guest who was most curious .^bout the th ng 8 proved to be 
Mr. Ben Ames Williams, the author. Mr. Williams lives In Brookline and 

next page 

y\\ :nn d-Ary 

Wednesday, Nov. 10, continued - 

was at pile time a member of the Waysiders group; the company of men 

who meet under the direction of Professor Schell. We do not recall tha t 

. r. Williams has been at the Inn recently, however. Often stories by 

Ben Aioes Williams appear in current maga zines altho' we are not very well 

acquainted with the type of writing he does. 

Thursday, Nov. 11, 1937 Very pleasant 

The telephone started ringing at an early hour. Guests made reser- 
vations ahead for dinner. The large bra^s knocker on the front door started 
knocking at an ealy hour. Guests wanted to see the house, "n the kitchen 
and pantry preparati ns w)re be'ng made to serve several hundred people. 
And hundreds came. At le- st over three hundred. In iiassachusetts the 11th 
of Novenber is a lega 1 holiday. most places of business are closed. The 
day was perfect, filled with sunshine. We were glad that so many could enjoy the 
hospitality of the dear old Inn. 

Friday, Nov. IS, 1937 Plea-ant 

Very often there is soir.eth ng to 'nterefet us in the Edison Institute 
Herald; something wtrch contributes to our knowledge of old things. Usually 
it is found in articles written by the students a bout the things In Greenfield 
Village. Thus today we read an essa y on candle making. We learned L.uch and 
will undoubtedly pass some of the Information on to our guests. It seers 
curious to us that candles were eve>r used to mark time. Having attended a 
few auctions we could easily picture the candles wh : ch were notched. 
According to the essay, when the candle reached the next notch it was time for 
the bidd'.ng to stop - regardless of whether the auctioneer had pro- 
cured the highest bid. 

Saturday, Nov. 13, 1937 Rain 

It was a great pleasure today to show the house to a young lady from 
Norway. She had just arrived from Oslo to v'sit Norwegian friends in Boston. 
Both the friends and the y^ung lady proved to be delightful visitors. They 
told us much about life in the old days of Norway, how the spinning and 
weaving was done in the home. Hand woven linen was used for sheets, shirts, 
dresses and all household wear. Y^rn was knitted into socks and n. itten^. 
One young lady was a student of peasa nt art. She had trav ellal extensively 
in Europe. She spoke of museums in the Scandinavian countries wh^'ch show, as 
we do, the e?rly life and thought of the people. Then she added, to her 
friend, that the Wayside Inn was the best place n America to study the pioneer 
spirit. "I know of no better place", she said, "and it is well known ; n 
Europe. The Wayside Inn wa-. mentioned several times during my study in 


Sunday, Nov. 14, 1937 Cloudy 

A y^ung fanner and his bride spent the night here. Ihis iornlng 
they were up bright and early and were prepared to tramp around the 
estate to see the horses, sheep, cows hens etc. ...r. Bryant has recently 
bought a far;., in Vermont. He wi.ll far:.. odernlly and scientifically. 
Therefore he was curious about the far 'ng aspect of the Wayside inn. Ih 
Ls rather unusual for guests of the younger generation. Usually they 
are of the city kind and are content to war.;, their toes in front of an 
open fireplace. 

: onday, Nov. 15, 1937 Ple^s?nt 

Several elderly ladies were conversing In an animated fashion in 
the old kitchen. $ hostess approached. "Can you tell us what you call 
this th ng that was used for taking loaves of bread ^ut of the oven?"- 
one of the ladies asked. Its a Peel - spelled peel" .answered the 
hostess. The guests nearly jumped for joy. "t 3eei s that the word peel 
was the one word needed to complete a cross word puzzle. 

Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1937 Cloudy 

Professor Schell fro;:; the Laassachusetts .not. of Technology caice 
tonight for the second t ; .;..e this season. His group usually numbers around 
fifteen. There was the cu.-'to'.ary di s cuss ion after dinner ana someone to 
address this stag gathering. It Ls pleasant, Indeed thst Professor Schell 
continues with "The Waysiders" year after year. 

nesday, Nov 17, 1937 Cloudy 

Some thoughtful young sent us a message of appreciation through 
the mail, fife have received a very pretty greet ng car:! lecorated with 
blue flowers, it hi ^ie expression of th afts ^r .nted within. 

thanks are hearty 
And quite without "ire 
And it give" . .e joy 
And unlimited pleasure 
To tell you slncer 
I'm grateful to you 
And to send happy thought' 
And good wishes too. 

Underneath the verse is written the following: "Io tl bers of the 
staffof the Wayside inn fron Albert Beamsnu Albert undoubtedly cai e with 
one of the numerous school groups. He th nk th 3 little card is an exceedingly 
thoughtful gesture. 


Thursday, Nov. 18, 1837 Pleasant 

A lady fro,.. . elbourne, Austral a visitor today. She kept b ing: 

"It is a very gre.-'t privilege to be here". She told us that 3he was char; ed 
e i th Neu England. "And [ nust re^e.. ber every single thing so that 1 can tell 
the folks at ho..s al about the "nn" 3he said. 

Friday, Nov. 19, 1937 Lr 

js Anne Ihorp was a' ong the guests h^v"ng d nner : n the ' ' tchen 

th s evening. SI e 3 a granclau^hter of I r. Longfellow and ha i recently co e 
to the town of Sudbury to live. She has a house "dov/n by the river" .and 
teaches in the Shady Hill School in Cambridge. A pupil of the Shady Hil] 
School celebrated her birthd *ty "n the 

Old Kitchen. After dinner these young 8th grader, -all e - 

.ded English folk -lances in the large tall roo . 

Saturday, Nov ?0, 1957 Snow 

The first snow stor: . of the season arr'ved early this ornh. cov ered 

trees and hill sides with a soft clinging thrteness. It was cold ana 1 ~ut- 

of-doors. It was v. ad comfortable "n-door~. n-door- the guest"" hover 

around the fireplaces. Late in the -fternoon so eone played V'enese wait on 
the piano in the Bull roou;. The 'someone' wa~ one of our fr : enlly tu- drivers who 

• studied In spare time at the New England Conservatory of usic. At d : nner 
the, fur coats, rsin cost~, bright icarf-, overshoes, caps and gloves were 
seen draped ne°r the fireplaces - drying -ut. Ihey belonged to gue~t~ whc 
sat in the Harvard stsdiu.;. all afternoon wetchjig the Harvard- Yal e. 

waySlDe :nn d:ary 

Sunday, Nov. 21, 1937 


Rev. and Sirs. William L. Stidger were dinner guests last evening. 
There was a lively, jolly party of intimate friends. Mrs. Stidger brought 
candy and another lady brought two large candles for the table. Gale 3 of 
laughter were heard and t wa^ a great pie a aire to ha e Dr. Stidger here. 
He spoke of i'lr. Cameron and expressed regret at not seeing Mr. Cameron when 
he came here last Summer. 

Monday. Nov. 22, 1937 


A gentleman from California h^s been very kind in sending some long 
stemmed clay pipes. We regret to sny, however, that the long stems were 
broken when the ipes arrived. The thought is much appreciated. The gentle- 
man desired to have the pipes placed n ovir pipe box in the Bar-room. He 
and his wife were recent overnight burets and wanted to express their 
appreciation of a delightful visit in th.s way. 

Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1937 


Early this morning a bus brought 54 school children of the 5th Grade 
to visit the hmse. We first 3aw the children coming along the walk In twos - 
well trained by their teacher to keep n .. Lne. One would know that a visit to 
the Inn w^s to be a event n the curriculum of th s particular school. 
And 3ure enoughl Every child wa * eager and at the same t'me - quiet. Boys and 
girls wanted to know about everything - but we must confess th-it the boys 
usually managed to crowd to the front row! They asked quest ons, they laughfed 
and followed closely. When the small Ball-rorm wa reach d, the^e 5th grider.^ 
sat down on the s de benches. One little ^hrl played her favor ; te " ->nrlor p ; ece" 
on the old square piano. Another recited a poe: . The chhldren rec'ted a poe.i 
in unison. Then ~hey scrambled out the frcnt door for a tour of the grounds. 
About an h:ur lat r we saw them er.bark'ng on their bun for the journey back to 


Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1937 Cloudy 

The telephone has been r$ T every five minutes . And every five 
minutes an order is tiken for Thanksgiving dinner. Reservations are piling 
in and hey are carefully arranged by Miss Demille - alphabetically and in order 
of time to be served. Large bowls cf fruit, apples and grapes and corn stalks 
and pur.pkins are being brought in for decoration. In the dining rooms, round and 
square tables are being set up. Down in the kitchen — well, it is hardly 
necessary to say, Turkeys are seen everywhere. 

Thursday, Nov. 25, 1937 Pleasant 

A real Old Fashioned Thanksgiving spirit lived ~t the dear old inn today. 
Whittier expresses it better than we can in his immortal poem. 

"Aht on Thanksgiving Day when from Ea t and from West 
From North and from South, come the pilgrim and guest 
When the gray-haired New Englander sees round his board 
The old broken links of affection restored. 
When the care-wearied man seeks his mother once more, 
And the worn mother smiles where the girl smiled before 
What moistens the lip and brightens the eye? 
What calls back the pa.^t like the rich pumpkin pie?" 

Fro;ii East and from West our guests ca^e - from Ohio and from New Jersey - fro 
Maine and Rhode Island. And a gray haired New Englander saw "round his board" 
the links of affect ton restored. We have in mind »».r. Knowlton, a deir old gentle- 
man who dines with us frequently though the year. Today he had a family 
gathering including his wife, his daughter and husband and grandaughter - 5 years 
old today. And there was a Birthday cake with five sh ning candles. Then there 
was Mr. and Mrs. Lothrop - lovely older people who very often here on Sunday. 
Thanksgiving brought Mr. Lothrop 1 s mother w th other sons and their wives - as 
Whitter says: "the man seeks his mother once more". Another fa.iily 
party which brought the ^ inks of affection together wss one of twenty people - 
old man and women, young men and women, boys and girls of school a e and fny tots 
in kihder garden. Here we saw the "worn mother smiling where the girl smiled 
before". Another family gathering was that of a Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence fro- 
Upper iviontclair, New Jersey. "We have spent the pa t four Thanksgiving days with 
you" said tor. Lawrence. "We have a boy at Harvard and one at the Mass. Inst, of 
Technology and we love to have our Thanksgiving day together at the Waysdde Inn." 
And ofcourse there was the pumpkin pie "to moisten the lip and brighten the eye". 
The menu attached speaks for itself. Over five-hundred guests v.ere served. 







Fresh Fruit Cup 
Chicken Bouillon 
Olives Pickles Conserve 

Roast Native Turkey - Giblet Gravy 
Cranberry Sauce Dressin 


Mashed. Potato 

Turnip Buttered Onions 

Dinner Salad 
Corn Bread Rolls 

Dess erts 
Mince Pie - Cheese Pumpkin Pie - Cheese 

Vanilla Ice Cream with Cake 
Baked Indian Pudding with Ice Cream or Whipped Cream 
Plum Pudding with Hard Sauce 
Coffee Cider Tea 


Friday, Nov. 26, 1937 Pleasant 

A whole day of the Diary should be devoted to the favors wh'.ch were 
placed on each Thanksgiving table ye ^terday. Miss DeMille had a friend who 
had a tiny iron kettle - a miniature of the large iron kettles Ahich hung on 
the crane n the olden days. tor. Sennott found a ran who could n ake copies 
of the little kettle. Enough were made for every Thanksgiving guest. They 
were filled with mints and candy and placed on every table. The guests aiored 
the*.)} enthused over thet) and co Id hardly believe that they couli ^eep theiu 
for their own. So, the kettles w re a gre°t success) harmonious with the 
spirit of the Inn and of the thanksgiving season. 

Saturday, Nov. 27, 1937 Partly cloudy 

Kile have a cordial invitation to visit the General Knox h use, 
"^ontpelier" wh'ch has recently been re-built and opened to the public at 
Thomaston, iviaine. This elegant mansion, built at a cost of ?100,000. replaces 
the original house which burned several years ago. Through the generosity of 
Mr, Cyrus H. K. Curtis of Philadelphia a lovely new mansion takes its place. 
The President of this memorial - a Mrs. Snow - wai a dinner guest here this 
evening and she told us of irany of the p'oblenis encountered while building and 
furnishing this grand old house - the summer residence of General Knox - 
Secretary of State in Washington' s cabinet. 


Sunday, Nov. 28, 1957 Heavy rain Eberhart from St. Marks School in Southboro is evidently a 
bachelor. He has been buzzing back and forth from the school for 
several days past .making arrangements for a dinner this evening. The 
dinner Is in honor of a distinguished English lady who lectures at 
Cambridge University, England., and also the dinner is to mark the pub- 
lication of a book written by ...r. Everhart. Quests will include Dr. 
Parknan, headmaster of St. :;:arks School, . r. ft 'illart, director of the 
Oxford Press in New York and others. Mr. Everhart has been concerned with 
every detail of the dinner wh'ch will total 23 guests. He ha^ brought 
place cards, drawn a chart showing the seating arrangement and has planned 
an especially appetizing menu. 

Monday, Nov. 29, 1937 Pleasant 

Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Gassett from dearborn arrived this evening for a stay 
of several days. We are very glad to see then again; again because they 
have, in the pa t, been Wayside Inn guests and are familiar with it and the 
people here. krs. Gassett s bright and cheerful and ha 3 brought us word of 
her two little girls, P«tsey and Isabel. Mr, Gassett has told us someth ng 
of his radio work in Greenfield Village. 

Tuesday, Nov. SO, 1937 P-rtly cloudy 

Sometimes small boys eowe alone to see the Inn; that is, without 
grown-ups. Two boys a^ed 8 or 9 years were being shown through the Inn 
the other day. They were very much 'nter?~ted in everything, understood 
everything and took their visit h re very seriously. They were told about 
the hole n the cupboard door, made by the pick which the Bar-tender 
opened the bottles. "'Well", said one of these little gentlemen, "he sure 
did make a mess of that door. It looks to me as if he had used an axe once 
in a while." 

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1937 Pleasant 

A guest today spoke of the little verse in the Parlor in Longfellow's 
own hand writing from the poem "Ajnalfi". Our guest said that she had 
occupied the tool, in the old monastery at Amalfi, T taly, where the poet had 
once stayed. The monastery is now a hotel •'nd there is a "Longfellow" roo... , 
Longfellow was ,d « th the place and wrote a delightful poem about it. 

"Sweet the memory is to me 
Of a land beyond the sea 
Where the waves and mountains meet 
Where amid her mulberry trees 
Sits Amalfi in the he^t 
Bathing ever her wl- ; te feet 
In the tideless. summer sea." 


Thursday, Dec 9, 1937 Partly cloudy 

A name was added to our Special Guest Book th s even ng. It is that of 
Charles Clayton Morrison, editor of the Christian Century magazine - a very 
fine progressive publication, published In Chicago. Dr. Morrison ha ^ been 
lecuring to students in the Andover Theological School. He iras a guest this 
evening of Dr. and Mrs. Adams of Boston University. In the party were Dr. and 
Mr&. Ra. L. Stidger. 

Friday, Dec. 3, 1937 Pleasant 

Preparations are being inade everywhere around the Inn for Old T "an Winter. 
We are th.nklng particularly of the sheep barn where the sheep and goats are being 
housed against the expected storey blasts. They are getting acquainted w th 
their indoor home and seem contented - except when someone comes to see them. 
Then they clamor to get out of their stalls and jump high up on the wooden door. 
one old Billy-goat craves attention and petting. He likes being scratched around 
his neck. Sometimes he whines loudly when more attention is paid to Nellie than 
to him. Nellie is a nice gentle horse. 

Saturday, Dec 4, 1937 Pleasant 

Miss DeMille h found a nice samole for Christmas favors. Hostesses 
are now at work with red crepe paper and stips of fluffy cotton. Put together 
they form a little Santa Claus hat or cap. On the side is a little sort of tassel 
with a white fluff of cotton on the end. They look like simple little th ngs to 
make, yet there is quite a bit of work involved. Crepe paper has to be cut in 
pieces of certain length, then glued together. At one point in the process a wire 
is tied around tight and pulled down through a tiny hole to the nside of the 
cap. The finished product s quite attractive, but we are keeping the.?: - under 
our hats as it were - until Christmas day. 


Sunday, Dec 5, 1937 

Very pleasant 

All afternoon thei^e was a tenseness In the air - as Lf some- 
thing were going to happen. Someth ng excit'ng did happen. A tail, 
strappuig nan in a buckskin su'»t and p coon sk ; n cap walked in - Soon 
Soon another pioneer appeared. And more and :nore until the house was 
quite filled with pioneers - men making a trail to the West. We were 
carried back so vividly to the days of the first settlement of the North- 
west territory th°t we almost forgot th°t these wen were just re-enacting 
the real scene f 1787. At that time 22, of the Northwest pioneers spent 
the night at the _nn. Tonight a covered wagon w.?s seen at the front door. 
Across the road in the Barn, the oxen and horses rested. Even the oxen 
were tired after thi3 trek of 15 miles - now on crowded highways -md hard 
surfaced roads. The pioneers themselves were tired. Many of then had 
walked. The cheery fireplaces and warn, welcome of the Inn wa; a joy to 
these courageous young men. They are courageous. It is not an easy, fun- 
making journey. These 38 college graduates are taking the matter seriously. 
They are determined to revive th s important episode of American history ^n 
a truly fine and dignified way. They have shown great appreciation of the 
Inn, thrilled t its a e and felt at home. It is nearly midnight. One 
husky pioneer is left in the Bar-room - gazing Into the fire. He is un- 
doubtedly sitting in the same place and dreaming the same dreams as a sturdy 
pioneer of 150 years ago. 

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The 20th Century pioneers paused on the highway for a short rest in their long trek over wet pavements toward Worcester where they 

presented a pageant last night. 

people into their community. Commemorating nothing in par- 
ticular, these events have been, however, widely successful. 

Here is an opportunity for your community to build around a 
spectacular event of nation-wide prominence a local supplemental 
celebration that will prove not only educational and entertaining, 
but profitable as well. 

Each town through which the caravan will pass is rich in its 
own heritage. Its past is vital, fascinating and important in the 
texture of our nation's progress. Revive these sagas of your local 
history, couple them with the established fact that the great Ameri- 
can public loves to act, and you can present a display that will be 
extremely interesting. Since admission can be charged to your 
local supplemental pageant it can be made extremely profitable as 
well. In addition your town will be the mecca for the thousands, 
in and about it, over the day, or days, of your planned celebration. 

This celebration could obviously be planned so that the last 
night would feature, as a fitting climax to festivities, the "head- 
liner" previously described. As earlier stated, no admission charge 
can be made to this final attraction, but the drawing power of such 
a spectacle should be ample reward to the sponsoring communities. 

Opinions vary in different communities as to Sunday shows. 
The program being educational and inspirational would not appar- 
ently offend. The commission has no special desire in the matter, 
but leaves it entirely up to the sponsoring committee. 

Mr. 0. K. Reames, Federal Director of the Pageant, or your 
State Director of the Commission, will visit all towns on the route 
with authority to make arrangements. 

Towns, organizations or individuals desiring further informa- 
tion may address correspondence to the State Commission for 
Northwest Territory Celebration in each state of the Northwest 
Territory or; Northwest Territory Celebration Commission (Fed- 
eral), Federal Building, Marietta, Ohio. 




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True, the very nature of the trek will provide a pageant along 
the entire route. The sight of the outfit rumbling down the broad, 
modern highways cannot help but arouse interest all along the way. 
In addition to this spectacle, and constituting one of the major 
purposes of the trek, the trained company will present a two hour 
program depicting eight of the critical episodes in our nation's 
formative period. The pageant will be similar to the one given in 
New York on July 13th which marked the official opening of the 
year long activities. 

Photos on this page show scenes from the New York Pageant 
and a portion of the crowd of 25,000 persons who heard and enjoyed 
the colorful program. 

To better explain what the pageant depicts a resume of the eight 
episodes would no doubt be desirable. 

ALBANY CONVENTION— on July 19, 1754, at Albany, New 
York, a gathering of delegates was made from several American 
Colonies for the express purpose of formulating a concerted Indian 
policy. The twenty-five delegates present devised a plan for colonial 
union, and although never formally presented to the British Govern- 
ment, it was the first organized step taken in such a direction. 

CAPTURE OF FORT SACKVILLE— by George Rogers Clark, 
whose effort in quelling Indian disorders and campaign against the 
British by the capture of Fort Sackville and "Hamilton the Hair- 
buyer," expediated the physical acquisition of the Northwest Terri- 

NEWBURGH INCIDENT— scene of the encampment of north- 
ern Revolutionary troops and of Washington's headquarters in 1783 
while awaiting the signing of the Treaty of Paris and the de- 
mobilization of the Continental Army. 

In April, 1783, the soldiers, with Timothy Pickering as their 
scribe, drew up plans for the settlement of the Northwest Territory 

VvAY3 ; D£ ,NN D.ARY 

Monday, Dec 6, 1937 Rain 

This morning we are up early - six o'clock- to give the 
"Pioneers" their breakfast and speed them on their way. Everywhere about 
we see large fur mittens, heavy high boots and coon skin caps. The boys 
are friendly and in good spirits after a rest in the quietness of the 
Wayside Inn. They have enjoyed their stop here very nuch indeed. Mr. 
Gassett and Mr. Sennott are taking pictures. The Caravan is ready to n:ove. 
We wave them a farewell and feel a little pang of sadness. It ir.ust have 
been a big pang of sadness when wives and sweethearts were waving farewell in 

Tuesday, Dec 7, 1937 Pleasant 

Last week we wrote about the long stewed clay pipes sent to 
us by a gentleman from California. In spite of the broken stems they are 
now reposing inoour pipe box and cetainly look as if they had grown right 
there. They belong. We have had some difficulty, however, in ex plaining 
that the stems are broken. Kiss Fisher has contributed a good story wh ; ch 
t^kes care of our embarrasment. It is said that when long stemmed pipes were 
used in a Tavern they were the property of the Tavern - belonged to the Inn- 
keeper, fthen a traveller reached for a clay pipe he would f-rst break off 
the end of it - thus putting a clean, fresh stem into his irouth. When he 
finished h's smoke, he left the pipe at the inn for use of the next guest. 
Thus we find thr.t sanitat'n was known end practised in the old days. This 
story fits our pipes very nicely since the stems are shorter than when neyr. 

WAYS.DE inn d.ary 

Wednesday, Dec 8, 1937 


We were all very iiiuch pleased to receive recently a beautiful pewter 
plate, 8|" in diameter. It originally belonged to the Howe family of the Way- 
side Inn. in 1895 it was given to Miss ''ary Edith Nichols by Mrs. Cornelius 
Cadle a descendent of the Howe family. This wa when Miss Nichols lived ; n Cincinna 
Ohio. The plate journeyed from there to Los Angeles California. Through the kind- 
ness of liiss Nichols who now lives in Los Angeles, the plate has core back to its 
first home. 

Thursday, Dec 9, 1937 

Snow - pleasant 

Considerable time was spent this afternoon with a lady from Worcester. 
She ha opened her private residence as a Dolls Museum. On certain days of the 
week, the public is invited to visit the dolls. Ihey are to be seen in all sorts 
of costui:esand occupations. Soh;e are drinking tea, others going for a walk. ' rs. 
Ary Coburn Lyseth who has collected the dolls is anxious to aquaint herself with 
American furniture of all periods. Dolls had their own furniture ; n Colonial 
times and all the j ittle gadgets like their mistresses. We would like to see the 
dolls and will plan a visit to "Dolls Paradise 11 sometime. 

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46 Weeching Street - - C Wolceste^ tSHass. 

Open after November 2, 2-U p. m., Sunday, Tuesday and Friday, Admission 50c 


Friday, Dec 10, 1937 Pleasant 

A scene of peace, comfort and ease confronted us in every room. 
First we glanced ; nto the Bar-room. Here sat one of the hostesses working 
on the Christmas favor-hats. The table was cluttered with scissors, paste and 
plenty of crepe paper. With his chair drawn close to the table sat Dr. Hanson 
a frequent guest, engaged n friendly conversation with the hostess. Nex t 
we walked through the little old dining roo:), but we could not linger here. 
The occupants of the room were two elderly gentlemen leaning beck In Windsor 
chairs. It was as if they were old fr'ends, meeting for the first time in ye3rs, 
They had much to say to each other and gales of laughter issued forth. In the 
large kitchen, huddled up to the fireplace were Reverend and T .rs. Harris, house 
guests. Young and good ooking, Rev. Harris, is in charge of the Episcopal 
parrish in Hanover, New Hampshire. Mrs. Harris is young and good-looking too. 
We judge that she is a good, old fashioned wife. Here she was, with needle and 
thread, making doll clothes for her daughter's Christmas. l.r. Harris was 
buried in a book. From the Kitchen we crossed the Hall to the Parlor and there 
we found two ladies sitting on the sofa. They Vvere discussing their children j 
Christmas, the latest clothes fashions. They didn't want to be '.nterrupted. We 
tip-toed out - not wishing to disturb any one of these delightful scenes. 

Saturday, Dec 11, 1937 Pleasant - cold 

Mr. Nutt wears a wing collar. He used to come here In l.r. Lemon's 
time. He is very fond of the Inn and often brings friends to se^ it. He has 
a good sense of humor. Recently &r. Nutt brought with him a gentleman from 
Vermont. The gentleman on seeing the Sap bucket fro.: the Coolidge farm, told 
us a very good story about Calvin Coolidge. When he was President of the United 
States, a mutual friend wanted to introduce the President to Will Rogers - the 
great humorist. A meeting was arranged. The mutual friend told Will Rogers 
that it would be a real achievement if he could make l.r. Coolidge smile. Will 
RogersRogers bet #100,00 that he could make the President laugh'. When the time 
came for this important introduction, the mutual friend said: "Ir. Rogers, I 
want you to meet Calvin Coolidge" Will Rogers put his hand to his ear: "Sorry 
sir", he said. "I didn't quite catch the name!" 


Sunday, Dec 12, 1937 Very cold 

The beginning of the Christmas season. Tonight in the Ball- 
room the School boys and Inn family were entertained with Carol singing. 
A fine group of young High School boys and girls under the direction of 
Lr. Kenneth Howe, came from Larlboro with orchestra and many lovely voices 
to give us a full evening of the Christmas spirit. One young lady sang a 
sweet old cirol in French. A young gentleman gave a Christinas song in Latin. 
The orcestra played a medly of familiar Christmas tunes. Then we all sangj 
everyone joined in singing, "we Three Kings of Orient Are" and "Hark the 
Herald Angles Sing". It was a simple, natural joyful evening. At the end, 
one of our own school boys, Alan Durgin, sang softly and snoot hly the 
beautiful "0 Li. tie Town of Bethlehem". In the moonlight we hummed and sang 
as we walked along home. We wished that everyone in the World could feel such 
a genuine Christmas spirit as we felt tonight in the dear old Tnn. 

ionday, Dec 13, 1937 Pleasant, cold 

Today the word "efficiency" is overworked; used too a;uch. [n the 
18th century thewowrd was seldom heard. Yet the meaning of the word efficiency 
as we th.nk of it today was appliedto many of the homely occupations of two or 
three centuries ago. For instance there ; s the story of the old Ger::an wo., en 
who might easily have been a hard working housewife of early New England. T t is 
snid that while sitting in a chair by the fire, she could rock a cradle with one 
foot. With her other foot she could churn butter. T n her hands, the lady is 
said to have been plying her knitting needles, while ~'n her lap lay an open 
Bibl-2 - to improve her mind. Last of all, this busy housewife was sitting on a 
cheese - to press It for market 1 . We challenge anyone in the present time to 
give a better example of the word efficiency 1 

Tuesday, Dec 14, 1937 Pleasant, cold 

Professor Schell 1 s grouo came for dinner this evening and we had a 
chance to chat with Professor Schell. We found him sitting on the Settle ; n the 
Bar-room, head thrown back against a willow - looking into the open fire. "Its 
a strange thing about our meetings here", said the young look ; ng professor- "we 
have no officers, no dues, no business meetings, we never urge a man to come* r t 
is entirely voluntary. Yet this little company of men have gathered at the T nn 
regularly once a month through the Winter for the past twelve or thirteen years". 
Professor Schell is himself, a genial, friendly, cordial sort of person and we have 
found - on the side - that he is an excellent person to lead a conversation. He 
ha? a facutly of getting i en to talk. The men talk and they laugh and In spite of 
not being officially organized, they have a very good time at the Ways' de T nn - 
every second Tuesday of the month. 


Wednesday, Dec 15, 1937 Pleasant and warirer 

The Boys in our school are in quarantine for chicken-pox. While 
we are extremely sorry for the boys, we are very glad of the chance to see 
something ?f the teachers in the Redstone and Southwest Schools. They coi>e 
now to the Inn for lunch Instead of going to the Boys School and they bring 
us news of their own smaller schools. This noon Miss Tibbitts and Mrs. Bennett 
were telling of their Spelling lessons and the books used - wrrch make the 
children now-a-days really w-nt to lenrn to spell I There is not the dry, 
nonotonous way of teaching as when we were young! Some different way of 
approaching the subject is carried out every day. This, ofcourse, relieves the 
former tediousness of the school routine. Mrs. Bennett spoke enthusiastically 
of modern school books and sa^d that it was really fun to use the":. Then she 
added: "Why, I would rather teach school than do anything else in the World!" 

Thursday, Dec 16, 1937 Partlj cloudy 

One of our guests today reminded us that we should be 
celebrating an anniversary! The Anniversary of the suction sale after the 
death of Lyman Howe - landlord of the Wayside Inn in 1861. It was on 
December 16th seventy-six years ago that this event took place. r t was one 
of the u-ost Important e isodes in Wayside Inn history. Here were furnishings 
of five generations being sold - scattered - placed in thoughtless, unknown 
hands - never more to co e back to their deyr old home. Yes, so.^e of them have 
come back, it is true. We are grateful for the Soubre Clock and Princess :.<ary, 
some of the Pewter ond iron utensils. But whit of the Silver spoon and oepper box and 
butter knife mentioned in the Auction bill? And lots of 6ther things. They 
are gone, but not forgotten on this 76th Anniversary. 

Friday, Dec 17, 1937 Cloudy and warmer 

At 12: \5 Mr. Dame, Roving Reporter of the Boston Herald departed. 
We do not mean to write too much about Mr. Dame in the Diary. Yet he is one of 
our most picturesque guests and loves the Inn as dearly as anyone who comes 
here. Today he peddled away on "Rosy". lied on "Rosy" was a bright, silk scarf 
which is called Rosy 1 s necktie. Hanging from the handlebars was "Eosette", a 
new little Swedish toy horse made of wood. Mr. Dame himself carried a knapsack 
from wh ch tiny bells tingled. One might suppose th-it this unusual looking 
traveller would cause much attention and comment. But it is not 8 pub] icity stunt, 
it is not done for any ulterior purpose. Mr. Dare is an exceedingly quiet, modest 
person. He is fond of nature, of the picturesque, of old traditions and custo.: s. 
That is why he comes to the Inn. He thinks that is we gradually lose hold of 
the pa :t - eliminate old customs one by one, that eventually noth'ng will re- 
main. Nothing except the glamour, the thrill and excitement of present day liv ; ng. 
Mr. Dane is one of the few who take pleasure In cl'nglng to the simple, little 
things of - ife. 


Saturday Dec 18, 1937 Rain - fog 

This is perhaps the quietest per : od of the whole year at the 
Viayside inn. People are busy with Christian, buying gifts, arranging parties, 
visiting friends. Ihe weather and road conditions are uncertain. Ihus we 
have time to catch our breath, as it were. We have a ;;o:rent to ;:editate. 

It has been our desire to convey to readers of the Diary something 
of the spirit of the Inn by telling of the guests, its activities, its furniture, 
its associations and history. There is, however, something deeper in the atmosphere 
of the Inn which we, who spend i>cst of our time here, feel. It is perhapi, too 
intangible a th ng to put Into words. Yet it is here - a wonderful, beautiful 
spirit which is seeped in the rafters overhead. Et is In the "stairways worn and 
crazy doors". We have a deep respect for it, almost worship the Inn as something 

There is also here a feeling of repose. Travellers of the 18th century 
sought it. They found it at the sign of the Red Horse after a long tedious journey. 
Some of our guests seek it today. Others sense it aa soon as they arrive. 

Lastly, the writer would ike to convey !uore truly the deep, tender 
feelings of gratitude and appreciation as shown by our guests. In one week only - 
this week - we can th nk of several people to who::: the Inn gave a generous share of 
peace and comfort - joy and inspiration. They were - a dear little old lady, four 
Jesuit priests, Mr. Daiie and an eagar, thoughtful child. 


Sunday, Dec 19, 1937 Pleasant 

There was a nice crowd of young people here last evening. Host of them 
were students at Tufts and Harvard colleges. After an old Kitchen dinner 
they told so^e amusing stories. One of the stories thrilled us through and 
through. It was about a great aunt who lived In South Carolina at the time of 
Sherman* s -..arch. Word had come that the Ar;;iy was approaching; that Shervan 
was in a burning ;uood. Great Aunt Lydia - we will call her - was terrified. 
She took a voluminous starched, white petticoat and laid it on the floor. 
Carefully she placed her jewels upon it; not in a pile, but separately at 
equidistant points. Then she placed another large it iff petticoat on top of 
the first me. When this was done, Great Aunt Lydia threaded a needle and 
sewed with tiny stitches around each article of jewelry; pins, bracelets, 
watches, gold chains etc. Last of all, she put on the petticoats and escaped; 
carried herself and her jewelry away frou the line of the approaching enemy. 
She walked - two hundred miles. Fancy her secret - the jewels in her petticoat. 
Tonight we had the great privilege of meet ng a nephew of Great Aunt Lydia and 
more - we saw a beautiful watch \ah\ch had been carried in between the two 
petticoats i It had finally found its way to New England in the pocket of our 
school boy guest. 

Monday, Dec 2G, 1937 Pleasant 

Timbers In the Old Kitchen moaned and groaned. They almost trembled 
when our guest told of flying over the ocean 1 An unheard f th ng -.n the : r 
early time. Yet tonight a traveller of the 20th enntury gave a thrilling 
picture of his ride in the great airship Hindenburg - fro;.i Germany to this 
country. Before a company of Bank workers, gathered here for an old Kitchen 
dinner, one f their number recounted h"s experience when crossing the oceaNin a 
flying boat 1 Far different from the 'Leans of travel employed when our Inn was 
young! No wonder the old timbers creaked and squeaked. 

Tuesday, Dec 21, 1937 Pleasant 

l.any of our guests th : s evening attended the Pageant - held at the old 
store. They went up after dinner. Undoubtedly n:uch has been told about the Pageant 
in the School Diary. This is arranged each year by the school and all of the 
boys toke part. It is a sight which is everlasting. It brings the real thought 
of Christinas closer than anything else. . . the lowly ranger, the Christ child, the 
shepards with their flocks and the Wise -r.en bringing gifts. It is all pictured 
reverantly and simply by the boys and .nakes a never-to-be-forgotten impression. 
Guests were silent, peaceful a'.d quiet when they returned. They looked long and 
hard into the fire on the hearth. The Pageant touches you deeply. You feel 


Wednesday, Dec 22, 1937 Pleasant 

Bringing in the Christmas greens'. Its a great custom at the Wayside 
Inn. And the best part of it all is the fact that the greens are gathered 
froir. our surrounding woods. ... T ny different kinds are used; pine, spruce, 
juniper and cedar. Almost every room is decorated; mantles, stairways, a 
Tjreath in every window, pine cones here and there and severa] br.ght poin- 
settias. In the Bar-room, in the center of the Hutch table, is a single lsrge red 
candle surrounded by juniper and .^ther greens. At night the candle Is lighted. 
It seems symbolical of the child f Bethele:: - a light - a single life reaching 
heavenward. In the Ball-rooii. is a large tree - ready and wa ; .t' ; ng for Santa Claus. 

Thursday, Dec 23, 1937 Pleasant 

Usually there is just one round, rosy Santa Claus who stop- 1 ? at the !nn. 
Tonight there were two. First a tiny widget of a Santa Claus appeared on the 
stage of the Ball rooi.: as the Redstone School children presented a short play. 
He was as wise and jolly as our usual grown-up Santa and he gathered in some 
naughtly toys - dolls and a teddy be-ir nd tin soldier who had all escaped fron 
h ; s pack. He asked then; to tr. a tree finra bad. little boy. L-'ter on, 
after the Southwest School had given a play - a real big, grown-up Santa arrived and 
jingled h s bells and wved his hands and opened his large pack right before all 
the Wayside Inn fan: Hies and friends who were seated in the Ball room. Then there 
was a distribution of presents and stockings and a fine party for all the 
children. On Daddy's shoulder was one deT little girl who cried out when she 
saw Santa: "I'm here, Santa Claus" and in a far corner we found two small boys 
wrapping a toy with much red tissue paper. Everywhere it wa^ Christmas. Boys 
and girls laughed and played while the grown-ups looked on. It was a Christmas 
by the children and for the children. 

Friday, Dec 24, 1937 Snow 

Christmas eve - and In th s dear old Tavern are a few lonesone guests. 
We know they feel lonely, or they would not be here! They have no fail. "lies - no 
children. They are seek : ng a peaceful Christmas and have come here to find ; t 
in the warm glow of the fireplaces. Outside they will find \t in the wide meadow 
land and In the tall green trees. Christmas has come tonight In a soft snow fall. 
Some of our quests are dressed In f or. al attire, bright silks and satins. They 
are happy and jolly. Others are w-Jklng through the house fro::: roo: to room - 
peering out the windows. Still other guests have drawn their cha'rs to the fire- 
place. We hope that every s -ngle guest will have a. very merry Christmas I 


Saturday, Dec 25, 1937 


Christmas day is here. There is a tinge of excitement In the air. -. ^ny 
dinner guests are expected. The telephone is ringing. Gifts are be ng opened. 
The postman has brought an armful of greeting card?. "For all at the Y/ayside Inn" 
or "Hostesses, Wayside Inn" is the address on many. We are remembered by a graduate 
of the Boys School. Here is a card from Dr. -cCollester of the Fraters group. 
Mr. and Mrs. Austill who bring the Saturday Children have sent a greeting. Miss 
Hopkins, the Bowkers, the Stillmans from Rhode Island and Mr, and Mrs. Crockett of 
Brookline. All have been most kind to send us a word of cheer. The Santa Claus 
hat-favors are being placed on the tables. In the Kitchen, Emma Is at her post pre- 
paring the turkeys. Boxes of old fashioned ribbon candy are seen and a large bowl of 
red apples. Now the first guest c- are arriving. Soon there will be found here an un- 
usual Christmas spirit. It is brought about by many strangers spending their Christ- 
mas together under the one roof of this ancient hostelry. We are reminded of the 
Inn at Bethlehem wh'ch sheltered the greatest event in the h story of the World. Our 
Inn surely belongs .n the Christmas story of 1937. 

WAYSIDE inn diary 

Sunday, Dec, 26 Very pleasant 

Mr. and Mrs. Pryor brought an actor friend to 
the inn, to v/hora the bar room seemed strangely familiar, 
though he had never before visited Wayside. He studied 
the room , with a puzzled expression, (for some time, 
when it dawned upon him tha t he had seen a sketch at the 
Lambs Club in New York, where the stage setting was the 
bar room of the inn. The sketch depicted Mr. Ford 
talking to Longfellow, La Fayette and others. Our 
guest seemed pleased to have solved the mystery , and 
marveled at the accuracy of the Lambs' setting. 

Monday, Dec. 27 Very pleasant 

The hostesses received a Christmas card from 
Tokyo, Japan. It was sent by Yukio Otsuki, who 
frequented the inn while a student at Massachusetts 
Institute of Technology. The card is unique - a 
sheet of black paper on a white folder; the center 
of the black, the finest cut-out of grasses and flowers, 
silhouetted against a golden sun. To the greetings 
of Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, he added the 
following personal message : "Even I work hard these 
days for our navy which is actually fighting in the 
Orient. I can't help thinking of my little sister 
often, who lives in a cosy room in an old inn in 
Sudbury, among three warm hearted people of 'horse- 
pitality', so you very often said." The reference, 
little sister, is to the Japanese doll, which his 
mother dressed, and which he presented to the hostesses. 
He named the doll Yoshiko, and she is locked away in 
the Howe bible box. He addressed- the envelope to - 

Miss Florence Fisher 

Miss Muriel De Mille 

Miss Priscilla Staples 

Miss Yoshiko Otsuki 

Wayside Inn, 

So . Sud bur y , Ida s s . 

Tuesday, Dec. 28 Snow 

Miss Joan Dieffenbach reluctantly left today 
after a stay of several days. She is tax collector 
for the town of Norwood, N. J. , and apparently found 
the inn a ha*en of rest. She enjoyed tending the 
fires, and , on leaving, cautioned the hostesses to 
keep them burning , especially the parlor fire, before 
which she enjoyed sitting until far into the night. 

Miss Staples left today for a two weeks vacation, 

Wednesday , Dec. 29 Fair 

We have as guests today Miss Mary Scott of Dearborn, 
Michigan. She is connected with the new kinder gar ten at 
Ann Arbor House. With her is Miss Edith M. Rogers of 
the Recreational Dept. of the Greenfield Village Schools. 
Her home is in Lincoln, Mass. 

Thursday, Dec. 30 Fair 

Mr. G. Eric Jones , President of Atlantic Union 
College, South Lancaster, Mass., dined here today with a 
group of five friends. We frequently have visits from 
students of this college. 

Friday, Dec. 3 1 (New Years Eve) Cloudy with rain and 

sleet in evening. 

A young couple from Bath, Me. spent several hours 
at the inn today. They are especially interested in old 
houses and loved ' r ayside. The girl, who originally came 
from North Carolina, confided to the hostess that they had 
never heard of the "'ayside Inn until a few days ago when 
they saw it pictured on a kitchen calendar of friends, 
with whom they were visiting in 7'ashington, D. C. They 
immediately decided to visit Wayside on their return trip 
to Bath, and having seen it, they said that an old kitchen 
calendar had pointed the way to one of the most interesting 
experiences of their lives. This couple told us they 
live in an apartment in the house which Emma Eames, the 
singer , built for herself after the war, Bath being her 
childhood home. The house had twenty eight rooms. 
After living four years at Bath, Miss Eames sold the house 
and returned to Europe. According to our young visitors, 
Bath people consider it a privilege to have an apartment in it 

Among our overnight guests were two middle aged 
women from Boston, who came to ?. r ayside to see the old year 
out, and the New Year in. One expressed keen disaopointment 
that there was to be no old fashioned dancing in the ball 
room , as that was the reason for her coming. She also 
lamented the absence of snow , as she wanted to take pictures 

of the inn in a winter setting. She tensely asked the 
hostess if the evening offered nothing in the way of enter- 
tainment but sitting in froiitofthe parlor fire. At this 
point two young men joined our group and entered into an